25th August (NS) — 12th August (OS):
- CASSIAN of BENEVENTO, believed to have been a Bishop of Benevento in the south of present-day Italy who reposed circa A.D. 340. However, he does not appear in any contemporary lists of bishops of that See.
- EUPLUS, martyred in the Sicilian city of Catania (A.D. 304) for possession of, and preaching the, Gospel to the pagan population.
TROPARION of THE MARTYR and ARCHDEACON EUPLIUS of CATANIA —TONE IV As a holy deacon and righteous minister of the Church of Christ, You contended superbly. You sailed over the sea of many torments and afflictions, O all-bless Euplus. Guide us into the haven of heaven.
KONTAKION of THE MARTYR and ARCHDEACON EUPLIUS of CATANIA —TONE I When the love of Christ was your only defence, You stood in the midst of your fight and said: I endure this struggle willingly and with confidence! You rejoiced, O Euplus, to offer your head to the sword and so complete your course!
- EUSEBIUS of MILAN, a native of Greece, St. Eusebius served as the nineteenth Bishop of Milan (circa A.D. 449 – 462). In A.D. 451, he convened a Council in Milan, where the Tome of Leo was read and approved, hence this local council affirmed the Fourth Ecumenical Council’s condemnation of Eutyches' Christological heresy.
- GRACILIAN and FELICISSIMA, according to tradition, St. Gracilian, whilst in prison awaiting martyrdom miraculously restored the sight of St. Felicissima. He then Baptised St. Felicissima. They were martyred by beheading on the same day in the early fourth century.
- HERCULANUS of BRESCIA, a Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy who reposed circa A.D. 550. No further information on his life is extant.
- HILARIA, DIGNA, EUPREPIA, EUNOMIA, QUIRIACUS, LARGIO, CRESCENTIAN, NIMMIA, JULIANA and COMPANIONS, (Fourth Century), a group of twenty-nine Christians in Augburg who were martyred in the last of the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian. St. Hilaria was the mother of St. Afra of Augsburg (5th August), and was burned alive, along with her three maids, Digna, Euprepia, and Eunomia, as they prayed at St. Afra’s tomb. The balance of these martyrs were killed in riots led by pagan mobs.
- JANBERT, an Abbot of St. Augustine’s Abbey and successor of St. Bregwin (24th August) as fourteenth Archbishop of Canterbury (A.D. 765). He reposed A.D. 792, and is buried at Canterbury Cathedral.
- MEREWENNA, (Date Uncertain), said to have been a daughter of King St. Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April), St. Merewenna is the patron saint of Marham Church near Bude, Cornwall, England. According to some sources she is the same saint as St. Morwenna (8th July), also a daughter of St. Brychan.
- PORCARIUS (PORCHAIRE) and 500 COMPANIONS, St. Porcarius was Abbot of Lérins when he was warned by an angel in a vision that the monastery was about to be attacked. He immediately sent off by ship all the young students, as well as thirty-six of the younger monks. Soon afterwards the monastery was attacked by Saracens, and the entire community of five hundred were massacred (circa A.D. 732).
- UST (JUSTUS), (Date Unknown), the patron of the church of St. Just near Penzance, and the town of St. Just, Cornwall, England is named for him. Some accounts state that he was a hermit, others a martyr, and still others claim he was a bishop. It is most likely there were two or more saints of the same name in Brittany, Wales, and Cornwall in the fifth or sixth century. However, the lack of reliable information makes it impossible to state with any amount of certainty specific details of his life.
- AREDIUS (YRIEIX, YRIEZ), abbot of Limoges, and chancellor to Theudebert II, King of Austrasia. St. Aredius was the founder of a monastery south of Limoges that is now called Saint-Yrieix, and is the namesake for the various French towns and villages called St. Yrieix. St. Aredius reposed A.D. 591.
- EBBA THE ELDER, St. Ebba the Elder was a sister of SS. Oswald (5th August) and Oswin (20th August) and received monastic tonsure at Lindisfarne. She went on to become the founding Abbess of the double monastery at Coldingham in Scotland. St. Ebba maintained friendships with SS. Cuthbert (20th March) and Adamnán of Iona (23rd September), and was the spiritual mother of St. Etheldreda (23rd June). St. Ebba reposed A.D. 683.
- EUSEBIUS, PONTIAN, VINCENT, and PEREGRINUS, martyrs at Rome under Commodus (circa A.D. 192) whose relics were translated to France in the ninth century A.D.
- GENESIUS (GENÈS) of ARLES, a notary in Arles, who, when an imperial decree ordering the persecution of Christians was read in his presence, he declared himself to be a Christian and fled. He was captured and martyred (circa A.D. 303).
- GENESIUS THE ACTOR, an actor who, after having performed several plays mocking Christianity, had a conversion experience, proclaimed his faith in Christ. St. Genesius, even when facing torture and death, refused to renounce his faith, and was martyred. This even took place during the reign of Diocletian (A.D. 284 - 305).
- GERUNTIUS of ITALICA, (First Century), a missionary in Spain during the first century A.D. who is believed to have served as Bishop of Talco (Seville), and been martyred.
- GREGORY of UTRECHT, a disciple of St. Boniface (5th June). Following the martyrdom of St. Boniface, St. Gregory assumed leadership of the Church of Utrecht. He has always been styled Bishop of Utrecht, though it is unclear whether he actually received Episcopal consecration. St. Gregory reposed A.D. 781.
- HUNEGUND, having been betrothed against her will, whilst on a pilgrimage to Rome, with her bridegroom, she was released from her marital vows and received monastic tonsure from Pope St. Vitalian (27th January). After returning to France she entered the abbey at Homblieres where she spent the rest of her life, reposing A.D. 690.
- MAGINUS (MAXIMUS), a hermit, and wonder-worker, in the mountains near Tarragonia in Spain. He was beheaded circa A.D. 304. The name Magi, which is common is Tarragonia, maybe derived from his name.
- MARCIAN of SAIGNON, a native of Saignon in the department of Vaucluse in southern France. St. Marcian was the founding abbot of the Abbey of St. Eusebius, Saignon, in the Diocese of Apt, and reposed A.D. 485.
- NEMESIUS and LUCILLA, Nemesius, a deacon, and Lucilla, his daughter, are numbered amongst those Christians martyred in Rome under the Emperor Valerian (A.D. 254 - 260).
- PATRICIA, a noblewoman from Constantinople, possibly related to the imperial family, fled to Rome in order to escape marriage. Whilst in Rome she recieved monastic tonsure. returning to Constantinople, she renounced any claim to the imperial crown, and distributed her wealth to the poor. St. Patricia then set out on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, however her ship encountered a storm and she was shipwrecked on the shores of Naples, shortly afterwards she succmbed to disease and reposed circa A.D. 665. St. Patricia is one of the patron-saints of Naples.
- WANNUS (GUARINUS, WARREN), (Seventh Century), the son of St. Sigrada (8th August), and brother St. Leodegarius (2nd October). St. Wannus was martyred by stoning, under Ebroin the Frankish mayor of the palace of Neustria, near Arras, France, A.D. 676.
* - 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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