08 October, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
8th October (25th September O.S.):




  • ANACHARIUS (AUNACHARIUS, AUNACHAIRE, AUNAIRE), Born near Orléans, he was educated at the court of King Guntram of Burgundy, and consecrated Bishop of Auxerre in A.D. 561.   St. Anacharius reposed A.D. 604.
  • AURELIA AND NEOMISIA, (date unknown), Natives of Asia who visited Palestine and Rome.   They met with violence from the pagans in Capua, but were able to escape during a thunderstorm, taking shelter in Macerata near Anagni, where they reposed.
  • BARR (FINBAR, BARROCUS), a native of Connaught, and founder of a monastic school at Lough Eire, thus founding the city of Cork, of which he became the first Bishop.   St. Barr died at Cloyne after sixteen years as Bishop, however the exact date is not certain.
  • CAIAN, (fifth century), a church at Tregaian in Anglesey in Wales is dedicated to this Saint about whom nothing further is known.
  • CEOLFRID (GEOFFREY), A Northumbrian who became a monk at Gilling in Yorkshire.   He went on to Ripon and later to Wearmouth.   Eventually serving as abbot of Wearmouth-Jarrow for twenty-six years.   He best known as the guardian of St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), and played a major rôle in the production of the Codex Amiatinus, the oldest surviving copy of the Vulgate in one complete volume.   St. Ceolfrid reposed at Langres whilst on his way to Rome, A.D. 716.
  • EGELRED, a monk at Crowland Abbey in Lincolnshire who was martyred along with his abbot and many others by the heathen Danes, circa A.D. 869.
  • ERMENFRIDUS, a monk at Luxeuil and founder of the monastery of Cusance.   St. Ermenfridus reposed circa A.D. 670.
  • FIRMINUS OF AMIENS, (fourth century), a native of Pampeluna in Navarre who was converted by St. Saturninus (29th November), Bishop of Toulouse, and later served as the first Bishop of Amiens.
  • FYMBERT, (seventh century), a bishop of Western Scotland, who is believed to have been ordained by St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September).
  • HERCULANUS, (seventh century), a soldier martyred in Rome.
  • LUPUS OF LYONS, a monk at a monastery near Lyons who became Archbishop there.   St. Lupus suffered much in the troubles following the death of St. Sigismund (1st May), King of Burgundy.   He reposed A.D. 542.
  • MEWROG, (date unknown), a Welsh saint of whom no details are extant.
  • PRINCIPIUS, The elder brother of St. Remigius of Rheims (1st October), and Bishop of Soissons.   St. Principius reposed circa A.D. 505.
  • SOLEMNIS (SOLEINE), the Bishop of Chartres from circa A.D. 490 until his repose circa A.D. 511.


* - 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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