26 July, 2016


Dear Readers,

Please accept my apologies for the recent absence of posts and delay in the release of the fourth and final volume of Orthodox Saints of the British Isles. For the past year my son has been very ill, and in March his condition became critical. Thank God, he now seems to be well on the road to recovery. Needless to say, for the past few months all of my energy and time have been focused on my son, and as a result my work has suffered. I’m back at it now, slowly catching up, and hope to resume regular postings of the Orthodox Western Saints for Today in the near future. I expect to finish the fourth and final volume of Orthodox Saints of the British Isles at the end of August.

Thank you for your patience.

In Christ,

John Hutchison-Hall

15 July, 2016


An "Open Letter" from Athonite Fathers to the Holy Community of the Holy Mountain of Athos is calling for an immediate convocation of the governing body of Mt. Athos in order to condemn the "false council" of Crete and cease the comemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople on Mt. Athos.
... Continue reading on Orthodox Ethos

20 June, 2016


In his toast this past Thursday night on the eve of the Holy and Great Council, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the first among equals of the bishops of the Orthodox Church, expressed his sympathy for the Church of Antioch, which is suffering in the face of militant Islam. He decried...continue reading on the First Things website

02 May, 2016

01 May, 2016

Christ Is Risen!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Icon of The Resurrection

Le Christ est ressuscité!
Krishti u ngjall!
Crist ha ressuscitat!
Christus ist auferstanden!
Vstal z mrtvŷch Kristus!
Kristus er genopstået!
Kristus nousi kuolleista!
Kriztus feltàmadott!
Kristur er upprisinn!
Tá Criost éirithe!
Christo è risuscitato!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies!
Kristus prisikélè!
Christus ass operstan!
Christus is opgestaan!
Christus er oppstanden!
Chrystus zmartwychwstal!
Cristo ressuscitou!
Hristos a-înviat!
Pan Kristus vstal z mrtvych!
Kristus jevstal!
Christo ha resucitado!
Kristus är uppstånden!
Cristo es rinaschieu!
Christus resurrectus est!
Christus het opgestaan!
Христос Воскресе!
ქრისტე აღსდგა!
Χριστός Ανέστη!
मसीह बढ़ी है!
Христос Васкрсе!
Chúa Kitô đã sống lại!
그리스도는 부활입니다!
!المسيح قام حقا قام
Xris-Tuu-Sax Agla-Gi-Kux!
Christos ki apitcipa!
Ggristussaq Ungwirtuq!
Tha Criosd air èiridh!

Icon of The Resurrection of Christ

15 April, 2016

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Western Saints Commemorated on 2nd April:

Icon of Orthodox Saints of the British Isles

  • ABUNDIUS, a native of Thessalonica, St. Abundius was the fourth Bishop of Como (c. A.D. 448 - 469), and served as the representative of Pope St. Leo the Great (10th November) at the Fourth Ecumenical Council (A.D. 451). St. Abundius reposed in A.D. 469, and his relics are enshrined beneath the high altar of the Basilica di Sant'Abbondio in Como.
  • BRONACH (BROMANA), (Date Unknown), we have neither dates nor particulars concerning this saint, though she is listed in the Martyrologies of Tallaght and Donegal, and the Félire Óengusso (Martyrology of Ængus) considers her the mother of St. Moeliai (23rd June). St. Bronach is sometimes called the Virgin of Glen-Seichis, Glen-Seichis being the bygone name of Kilbrony or Kilbronach in Co. Down, which takes its present name from her. A high cross made of Mourne granite stands over the traditional site of her grave in the old cemetery.
  • CONSTANTINE, King St. Constantine II of Scotland was killed in battle against heathen invaders in A.D. 874, and is venerated locally as a martyr. He was buried at Iona.
  • LONGIS (LONOCHILUS, LENOGISIL) AND AGNOFLEDA, St. Longis was a priest and founder a monastery in Maine in present-day France, St. Agnofleda an anchoress at his monastery. St. Longis reposed in A.D. 653, and St. Agnofleda in A.D. 638.
  • MUSA, a child in sixth century Rome, who had heavenly visions during her life. She was mentioned by her contemporary by St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) and locally venerated as a saint shortly after her repose.
  • NICETIUS (NIZIER), the successor of his uncle St. Sacerdos (12th September), St. Nicetius served as Archbishop of Lyons from A.D. 553 until his repose in A.D. 573. He revived ecclesiastical chant in his diocese, was a noted exorcist, and also granted the title of patriarch.
  • RUFUS, (Date Unknown), a hermit at St. Kevin’s (3rd June) “monastic city” in Glendalough (present-day Co. Wicklow Ireland). His relics are entombed in the main church. According to Colgan, St. Rufus was consecrated a bishop before his repose, though there is no other information extant to support this assertion.
  • URBAN OF LANGRES, the sixth Bishop of Langres from A.D. 374 until his repose circa A.D. 390. He was honoured as the patron saint of all those who work in the wine industry. Like St. Swithun (2nd July), St. Urban is tied to the weather and according to one old German saying “If there is sunshine on St. Urban's Day/ the wine thrives afterwards, they say”.

* - 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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A note on dates: The dates are according to the Church calendar.  If the reader uses the Revised Julian or “New” Calendar then the dates will coincide with the civil date.  For those readers who follow the traditional Julian or “Old” Calendar, the dates are thirteen days behind the civil calendar i.e. the listing for 1st January corresponds to 14th January civil date.

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