28 December, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
28th December (15th December O.S.):




  • ADALBERO, a monk at the monastery of Gorze, who became Bishop of Verdun but was transferred to Metz, and reposed in A.D. 1005
  • FAUSTINUS, LUCIUS, CANDIDUS, CAELIAN, MARK, JANUARIUS AND FORTUNATUS, (date unknown), martyrs in North Africa.
  • FLORENTIUS (FLANN), (seventh century), an Abbot of Bangor in Ireland.
  • MAXIMINUS (MESMIN), the first Abbot of Micy near Orleans, he reposed circa A.D. 520.
  • OFFA, King of Essex. He went to Rome where he took up the monastic life, reposing circa A.D. 709.
  • URBITIUS (ÚRBEZ), according to tradition he was born in Bordeaux and became a monk in Gaul.   Imprisioned by the Saracens, he was taken to Spain, though he managed to escape and settled as a hermit in the valley of Nocito in the Pyrenees near Huesca and reposed circa A.D. 805.
  • VALERIAN, a bishop of Abbenza in North Africa who, aged over eighty, was left to die of exposure for refusing to give up the sacred vessels.   He died under the Arian Genseric King of the Vandals in A.D. 457.


* - 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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