26 April, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
26th April, (13th April O.S.):




  • GUINOC, a ninth century bishop in Scotland.
  • HERMENEGILD, the son of the Visigothic King of Spain, Leovigild, he was brought up as an Arian in Seville. He became Orthodox on his marriage to the daughter of Sigebert of Austrasia, at which his father disinherited him. Hermenegild rose up in arms, was defeated, captured and refusing to give up his Faith, was martyred at the instigation of his stepmother in 586.
  • MARTIN I, (On Eastern Calendars 14th April) elected Pope of Rome in 649, he called a Council at once and condemned Monothelitism. However, this incurred the wrath of the Emperor, and in 653 he was deported to Naxos in the Aegean. The following year he was condemned to death at a mock trial and finally taken as a prisoner to the Chersonese where he died of starvation in 655.
  • MARTIUS, born in Auvergne, he lived an ascetic life on a mountainside and later built a monastery for his disciples, reposing circa 530.
  • URSUS, the son of a Sicilian nobleman, he converted to the Orthodox Faith and was forced to flee from his father's wrath to Ravenna, where he became bishop in 378, reposing in 396.



* - 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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