12 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
12th March, (27th February O.S.):




  • ALNOTH, a cowherd attached to St Werburgh's (3rd February) monastery at Weedon in Northamptonshire. Later he lived as a hermit at Stowe near Bugbrooke and was martyred by robbers circa 700.
  • BALDOMERUS (GALMIER), a locksmith from Lyons, who became a monk at the monastery of St. Justus and reposed circa 650.
  • COMGAN, an abbot of Glenthsen or Killeshin in Ireland who reposed circa 565.
  • HEREFRITH, the relics of this Bishop of Lindsey, who was probably martyred by the Danes circa 869, were venerated at Thorney in Cambridgeshire in England.
  • HONORINA (HONORINE), an early martyr in the north of present-day France. Her relics are still venerated in Conflans Ste Honorine near Paris.
  • JOHN OF GORZE, a native of Vandières near Metz, who after some years in the world, made a pilgrimage to Rome. On his return he restored and entered the monastery of Gorze in Lorraine in 933. He was sent by Emperor Otto I as his ambassador to the Caliph Abd-er-Rahman of Cordoba, where he stayed for two years. In 960 he became Abbot of Gorze and reposed circa 975.
  • LEANDER, the elder brother of Ss. Fulgentius (16th January), Isidore of Seville (4th April), and Florentina (20th June). He entered a monastery in his early youth and was later sent to Constantinople on a diplomatic mission. Whilst there he met, and became close friends, with St. Gregory the Great (3rd September). When Leander to Spain, he was consecrated Archbishop of Seville. He revised and unified the Spanish liturgy, converted St. Hermenegild (13th April), and helped convert the Visigoths from Arianism. He was also responsible for holding two national Councils at Toledo in 589 and 590, and reposed in 600.



* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."




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