25 December, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
25th December (12th December O.S.):




  • ABRA, the daughter of St. Hilary of Poitiers (13th January) in France.   She followed her father's advice and consecrated herself to God as a nun but reposed in A.D. 360 at the age of eighteen.
  • AGATHA, a nun at Wimborne in Dorset, and disciple of St. Lioba (28th September), who went to Germany to help St. Boniface (5th June) in his missionary work, reposing circa A.D. 790.
  • COLMAN OF GLENDALOUGH, an Abbot of Glendalough who reposed in A.D. 659.



  • COLUMBA, an Abbot of Tyrdaglas in Munster who reposed in 548.
  • CORENTINUS (CURY), the first Bishop of Quimper in Brittany.   He had lived as a hermit at Plomodiern, and reposed circa A.D. 490.
  • CORMAC, a sixth century abbot in Ireland and friend of St. Columba (9th June).



  • FINIAN OF CLONARD, though born in Myshall in Co. Carlow, he became a monk in Wales.   After many years, he returned to Ireland and founded many churches and monasteries.   Clonard was the greatest of them, and it was here that Finian had as disciples many of the so-called 'Twelve Apostles of Ireland', among whom was St. Columba (9th June), earning him the title 'Teacher of the Irish Saints'.   St. Finian reposed circa A.D 549.
  • GREGORY OF TERRACINA, a disciple of St. Benedict (11th July), who along with his brother St. Speciosus (15th March), was a monk at Terracina.   He reposed circa A.D. 570.
  • MAXENTIUS, CONSTANTIUS, CRESCENTIUS, JUSTIN AND COMPANIONS, martyrs in Trier during the reign of Diocletian circa A.D. 287.
  • SYNESIUS, a reader in Rome, who martyred under Aurelian in A.D. 275.


* - 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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