11 July, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
11th July (28th June O.S.):

  • ARGYMIRUS, born in Cabra near Córdoba, St. Argymirus held a high position in the Muslim community of Córdoba.   Deprived of his office due to his new Christian faith, he became a monk, openly renouncing Islam, he confessed Christ and was beheaded, A.D. 856.
  • AUSTELL, (Sixth century) a disciple of St. Maine of Cornwall (21st June).   He most likely lived in the area that is present-day St. Austell.
  • BENIGNUS, a sixth century Bishop of Utrecht, whose relics were uncovered there A.D. 996.
  • CRUMMINE, (Fifth century) a disciple of St. Patrick (17th March) at Lackan, Co. Westmeath in Ireland.
  • EGILO (EGILON, EIGIL), a monk and later Abbot of Prüm near Trier.   He restored the monastery at Flavigny near Dijon and founded the monastery of Corbigny, reposing A.D. 871.
  • HEIMRAD, a priest at Baden, who after many pilgrimages lived as a monk at Hersfeld and then as a hermit at Hasungen in Westphalia.   St. Heimrad reposed A.D. 1019.

  • IRENAEUS OF LYONS, a disciple of St. Polycarp (23rd February), who, in turn, was a disciple of the Apostle and Evangelist John.   St. Irenaeus went to Gaul, where he was consecrated Bishop of Lyons (circa A.D. 177), and later martyred (A.D. 200).   His writings against Gnosticism are a witness to Apostolic Tradition.
  • PAPIAS (PAPIUS), a martyr, possibly in Sicily, under Diocletian, circa A.D. 303, about whom there is no further information extant.
  • THEODICHILDIS (TELCHILDIS), a nun at Faremoutiers, who served as the first Abbess of Jouarre.   She reposed circa A.D. 660.

* - 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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