08 February, 2016

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
8th February (26th January O.S.)
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Icon of Orthodox Saints of the British Isles


  • ALPHONSUS OF ASTORGA, (Ninth Century), a Bishop of Astorga in present-day Spain, who left his See to live as a simple monk at the monastery of St. Stephen de Ribas de Sil in Spanish Galicia.
  • ANSURIUS (ADURI, ASURIUS, ISAURI), a Bishop of Orense in Galicia who helped found the monastery of Ribas de Sil. He became Bishop in A.D. 915, but resigned his See in A.D. 922 and became a simple monk at the monastery. After his repose in A.D. 925 he was venerated there, together with seven other bishops who had followed his example.
  • ATHANASIUS, honoured as a Bishop in Sorrento.
  • CONAN, one of the early bishops of the Isle of Man, he was born in Ireland and became a monk at Iona. While the Bollandists place St. Conan amongst the early bishops of Man, and Colgan gives an account of his life and labours, the history of the Isle of Man of this era is quite obscure, and it is almost impossible to state any facts certainty. St. Conan is believed to have reposed circa A.D. 648.
  • PAULA, a Roman lady of noble birth, who married a patrician and had five children, among them St. Eustochium (28th September) and St. Blaesilla (22nd January). Left a widow the age of thirty-two, she presided for twenty years over the sisterhood she had founded in Bethlehem, where she had also established a guest house for pilgrims. St. Paula reposed in A.D. 404.
  • THEOFRID (THEOFROY), a monk at Luxeuil, who became Abbot of Corbie and later a bishop, reposing circa A.D. 690.


* - 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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07 February, 2016

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
7th February (25th January O.S.)
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  • AMARINUS, St. Amarinus was the abbot of a monastery in the Vosges (Gaul), and martyred along with St. Praejectus (Priest), Bishop of Clermont (vide infra) in A.D. 676. The valley of Saint-Amarian in Alsace is named after him.
  • ARTEMAS, (Date Unknown), a child martyr in Pozzuoli (present-day Italy).
  • DWYNWEN, a Welsh saint believed to have been a daughter of King of Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April), churches dedicated to her are to be found in Wales and Cornwall. Her holy well and shrine at Llanddwyn in Anglesey were once centres of pilgrimage. After a troubled life, she reposed circa A.D. 460.
  • EOCHOD, known as the Apostle to the Scots and Picts in Galloway, St. Eochod was one of St. Columba of Iona’s (9th June) twelve companions when he travelled from Ireland to Scotland. There is no reliable information on his life extant; however, it is thought that he was chosen to preach in northern England and Galloway.
  • FELICITY, (on Western Calendars 23rd November), a member of a wealthy Roman Pagan family who had embraced Orthodoxy and was denouced for evangelising. St. Felicity along with her seven sons; Jannuarius, Felix, Philip, Sylvanus, Alexander, Vitalius and Marcial, was martyred in Rome circa A.D. 164.
  • MAURUS AND PLACID, were early disciples of St. Benedict (11th July), whose lives are detailed in the second book of The Dialogues of St. Gregory the Dialogist.
  • POPPO, a native of Flanders, who, following a military career, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Rome, and on his return became a monk at St. Thierry in Rheims. After two years he moved to Saint-Vannes, and then to Vaast in Arras. He finally became Abbot of Stavelot-Malmédy in Belgium and the monastic revival he insipired soon spread to Hautmont, Marchiennes, St. Maximinus of Trier, and St. Vaast in Arras among others. St. Poppo reposed in A.D. 1048.
  • PRAEJECTUS (PRIEST, PREST, PREILS, PRIX), a Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne and supporter of monasticism who was murdered by bandits at Volvic in the Vosges in A.D. 676.
  • RACHO (RAGNOBERT), a Bishop of Autun who reposed circa A.D. 660.
  • SIGEBERT, he was the First Christian King of East Anglia. The principal source for King St. Sigebert is St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), from whom we learn that he was the first English king to receive a Christian baptism and education before his succession, as well as the first to abdicate in order to enter the monastic life. With the help of St. Felix (8th March), the founder of the See of Dunwich, and St. Fursey (16th January), St. Sigebert induced his subjects to embrace Christianity. By the time Penda of Mercia threatened the East Anglians, he had retired into a monastery; but his people recalled Sigebert, and he fell in battle (A.D. 635). As he was fighting against Pagans, he was venerated as a martyr.
  • THORGYTH (TORTGITH), the novice-mistress of Barking Abbey under St. Etheldreda of Ely (23rd June), and friend of its founder, St. Ethelburga (11th October), she was known for her zeal and care for the young. She was described as a miracle of patience under suffering, as she is reputed to have suffered paralysis for six years and experienced a vision of Ethelburga just before the abbess’s death. St. Thorgyth reposed circa A.D. 700.


* - 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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06 February, 2016

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
6th February (24th January O.S.)
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  • ARTEMIUS (ARTHEMIUS), an imperial legate who fell sick while traveling through Gaul. He settled in Clermont in Auvergne, where eventually he became bishop. St. Artemius reposed in A.D. 396.
  • BERTRAND (BERTRAM, BERTRAN, EBERTRAM), (Seventh Century), a disciple of St. Bertin (5th September), who also assisted St. Omer (9th September) enlighten northern Gaul and Flanders, and later became Abbot of Saint-Quentin.

  • Icon of St. Cadoc

  • CADOC (DOCUS, CATHMAEL, CADVACI), St. Cadoc was a son of Gwynllyw, King of Gwynllwg in South Wales, and Gwladys, the daughter of King St. Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April), and a nephew of St. Petroc (4th June). He founded the famous monastery of Llancarfan in Glamorgan, which grew to be an illustrious nursery of holy men. Accompanied by St. Gildas (29th January), he assumed an hermetic life on an island off the coast of Vannes in Brittany. After several years, he returned to Britain, settling in the settled in the Eastern counties, and, it is believed, taking spiritual charge of the Britons. St. Cadoc was martyred by the conquering Saxons circa A.D. 580, near Weedon in Northamptonshire.
  • EREMBERT I, an Abbot of Kremsmünster (in present-day Upper Austria, Austria) who reposed circa A.D. 1050.
  • EXUPERANTIUS, (Fifth Century), a native of North Africa, who served as Bishop of Cingoli near Ancona.
  • FELICIAN, (also 20th October), born in Foligno, he seems to have been educated in Rome before being consecrated bishop of his native town. St. Felician cared for his diocese for over fifty years, enlightening the whole of Umbria. He was arrested under Decius and died on his way to martyrdom in Rome in A.D. 251.
  • GUASACHT, (Fifth Century), the son of Maelchu, St. Guasacht was St. Patrick’s (17th March) master while St. Patrick was enslaved in Ireland. St. Guasacht was converted by St. Patrick, and eventually became one of his workers in the conversion of the Irish, and ultimately was consecrated Bishop of Granard (Co. Longford).
  • SURANUS, the abbot of a monastery at Sora near Caserta, who gave all the goods of the monastery to refugees from the Lombards. When the Lombards arrived to sack the monastery and found nothing, they martyred Suranus on the spot circa A.D. 580.
  • ZAMA, the first Bishop of Bologna, he reposed circa A.D. 268.


* - 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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05 February, 2016

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
5th February (23rd January O.S.)
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  • AMASIUS, a Greek who, having been driven from the East by the Arians, became second Bishop of Teano in Campania in A.D. 346, he reposed in A.D. 356.
  • COLMAN OF LISMORE, he was Abbot and Bishop of Lismore Co. Waterford. During St. Colman’s tenure as abbot, Lismore grew in fame, attracting a great number of disciples. St. Colman was the spiritual father of numerous holy men and illustrious prelates, and reposed A.D. 702.
  • EMERENTIANA, while still only a catechumen, this foster-sister of St. Agnes (21st January) was found by pagans praying at the tomb of the recently martyred Agnes and was stoned to death circa A.D. 305.
  • ILDEPHONSUS, a nephew of St. Eugene of Toledo (13th November), and acquaintance of St. Isidore of Seville (4th April), St. Ildephonsus became a monk and then Abbot of Agli on the Tagus near Toledo. He was consecrated Archbishop of Toledo in A.D. 657. St. Ildephonsus excelled as a writer, especially on the Theotokos, and reposed in A.D. 667.
  • LUFTHILD, an anchoress near Cologne who reposed circa A.D. 850.
  • MAIMBOD, an Irishman who was martyred by pagans while preaching to peasants near Kaltenbrunn in Alsace circa A.D. 880.
  • MARTYRIUS (MARTORY), (Sixth Century), a hermit in the Abruzzi.
  • ORMOND (ARMAND), (Sixth Century), a monk at, and later Abbot of, the monastery of Saint Mairé in present-day France.
  • SEVERIAN AND AQUILA, (Date Unknown), husband and wife who were martyred in Julia Caesarea in Mauritania, North Africa.


* - 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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04 February, 2016

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
4th February (22nd January O.S.)
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  • BLAESILLA, a daughter of St. Paula (26th January), who was married and widowed very young. She consecrated herself to God, but died in Rome in A.D. 383 at the age of twenty.


  • Icon of St. Brithwald of Wilton

  • BRITHWALD, a monk at Glastonbury, St. Brithwald was consecrated Bishop of Ramsbury on the Translation of St. Alfric (16th November) to the See of Canterbury (A.D. 996). He was known for his gifts of visions and prophecy, and endowed Glastonbury and Malmesbury abbeys. St. Brithwald reposed A.D. 1043 and was buried at Glastonbury.
  • DOMINIC OF SORA, a monk who founded several monasteries — at Scandrilia, Sora, Sangro, and elsewhere in the Naples area. He died in Sora in Campania in A.D. 1031, at the age of eighty.
  • GAUDENTIUS OF NOVARA, a priest in Ivrea near Turin who succeeded St. Laurence (30th April) as Bishop of Novara. He served as bishop for twenty years reposing in A.D. 417.
  • VINCENT OF DIGNE, a native of North Africa who succeeded St. Domninus (5th November) as Bishop of Digne in Provence, and is the main patron saint of the town. He reposed in A.D. 380.
  • VINCENT THE DEACON, born in Huesca (in present-day Aragon Spain), he became deacon of St. Valerius (28th January) in Saragossa and was martyred in Valencia under Diocletian in A.D. 304. He has always been widely honoured. In some places he is honoured as the patron of vinedressers.
  • VINCENT, ORONTIUS, AND VICTOR, Vincent, and Orontius were brothers who were born to a pagan family of royal blood in Cimiez near Nice. They preached the Gospel in Catalonia where they were martyred along with St. Victor at Puigcerda near Gerona in A.D. 305. Their relics were later translated to Embrun where they were enshrined in the cathedral, but were destroyed by Protestant looting in A.D. 1585.


* - 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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03 February, 2016

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
3rd February (21st January O.S.)
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  • AGNES, a virgin martyred in Rome circa A.D. 305, at the age of only twelve or thirteen. She suffered and was buried by the Via Nomentana in Rome, where a basilica in her honour has stood since the fourth century. SS. Ambrose (28th August), Damasus (13th November) and Prudentius (28th April) all sang her praises. St. Agnes is one of the patron-saints of chastity.
  • BRIGID (BRIGA), known as St. Brigid of Kilbride, in Lismore, she flourished in the late fifth, or early sixth centuries. According to legend, St. Brigid of Kildare (1st February) visited her more than once at Kilbride. According to Colgan, the now-lost Calendar of Cashel styles her St. Brigid of Killbrige.
  • EPIPHANIUS, a native of Pavia who was consecrated Bishop of that city in A.D. 467. During his episcopate Odoacer destroyed Pavia and Epiphanius was largely responsible for rebuilding the city. In A.D. 497, while paying the ransom of some of his flock, he caught a fever from which he died.
  • FRUCTUOSUS, AUGURIUS, AND EULOGIUS, Fructuosus, Bishop of Tarragoña, and his two deacons, Augurius and Eulogius, were burnt at the stake under Valerian in A.D. 259. When the fire had burnt through their restraints, they stretched out their arms in the form of a cross and died.
  • LAWDOG, four churches in the Welsh diocese of St. David’s are named for this sixth century A.D. saint. There is no further information about him extant.
  • MACCALLIN (MACALLAN), a native of Ireland who went to St. Fursey's shrine in Péronne and then entered the monastery of Gorze. He went on to become a hermit, and then Abbot of St. Michael's monastery at Thiérache and Waulsort near Dinant, reposing in A.D. 978.
  • MEINRAD, a member of the noble Hohenzollern family who became a monk at the monastery of Reichenau on the Rhine. He went on to the monastery of Einsiedeln in present-day Switzerland, where he lived as a hermit for twenty-five years. He was murdered by robbers in A.D. 861, and is venerated as a martyr.
  • PATROCLUS, a very wealthy and exceedingly charitable Orthodox in Troyes, who was martyred there circa A.D. 275 (or A.D. 259). His relics were translated to Soest in Westphalia in A.D. 960.
  • PUBLIUS, traditionally identified as the same Publius, 'chief man of the island of Malta', who befriended St. Paul after his shipwreck (Acts 28:7). He became the first Bishop of Malta and later Bishop of Athens, before being martyred under Trajan circa A.D. 112.
  • VIMIN (WYNNIN, GWYNNIN), there being no reliable information on this saint extant, we are left to legend to piece together a Life of sorts. He seems to have been the founder and first Abbot of the monastery of Holywood in Fife, and according to one tradition was a bishop. St. Vimin reposed A.D. 579. Forbes’ Kalendar of Scottish Saints has some interesting (though of doubtful reliability) details about him, and the Aberdeen Breviary gives the Liturgical Office for the Feast of St. Vivian.
  • WILGILS, born in Northumbria, he was the father of St. Willibrord (7th November). Withdrawing from the world he built a hermitage dedicated to St. Andrew (30th November) on the banks of the River Humber where he lived as an anchorite.


* - 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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02 February, 2016

Orthodox Western Saints for Today


Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
2nd February (20th January O.S.)
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  • AGATHO, (On Western Calendars 10th January), 79th Pope of Rome from A.D. 678 until his repose in A.D. 681. Originally from Palermo in Sicily, he called for the holding of the Sixth Œcumenical Council in Constantinople in A.D. 680 against Monothelitism.
  • FABIAN, (on Eastern Calendars 5th August), Fabian succeeded St. Antherus (3rd January) as the twentieth Pope of Rome in A.D. 236 and was martyred in A.D. 250 under Decius. According to St. Cyprian (16th September), he was an 'incomparable man' and that the glory of his death matched the purity and goodness of his life.
  • FECHIN, a native of Co. Sligo in Connaught and the founder of several monasteries in that region; St. Fechin is principally remembered for founding the monastery at Fore (Fobar), Co. Westmeath. Ecclefechan and St. Vigean’s near Arbroath in Scotland also perpetuate his memory. He is said to have lived a life of extraordinary penance, spending his nights reciting the entire Psalter. St. Fechin reposed circa A.D. 665.
  • MAURUS, a monk, and later, Abbot of Classe in Ravenna. When he was later consecrated Bishop of Cesena, he built a cell on a hill near the city, where he spent part of his time in prayer. Following his repose in A.D. 946, the cell grew into the monastery of Santa Maria del Monte.
  • MOLAGGA (LAICIN), though there are several Saints of the same name (most Irish hagiographers count at least twelve), and it is often difficult to disentangle their Lives, it is believed this St. Molagga was a disciple of St. David of Wales (1st March). Returning to his native Ireland, he founded a monastery at what is now Fermoy (Irish: Mainistir Fhear Maí, meaning “monastery of the Men of the Plain”) Co. Cork. He was distinguished for his exceptional learning and piety as well as his Christian charity. St. Molagga seems to have survived the Great Pestilence of A.D. 664, reposing circa A.D. 655, and is greatly venerated in the South of Ireland.


  • Icon of St. Sebastian

  • SEBASTIAN, one of the most illustrious of all the martyrs of Rome. An officer in the imperial army and, it seems, a favourite of Diocletian. Nevertheless, when he was found to be Orthodox no mercy was shown him. He was tied to a tree and his body was made a target for Roman archers then he was martyred with clubs. His church is one of the seven main churches in Rome. His martyrdom is thought to have been circa A.D. 288.



* - 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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