24 October, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
24 October (11 October O.S.):

  • AGILBERT (AGLIBERT), a monk at Jouarre in north-central Gaul under Abbot Ado, who went to England where he preached in Wessex.   Upon returning to France, he was consecrated Bishop of Paris.   He reposed circa A.D. 685 and was buried at Jouarre, where his tomb is still preserved.
  • ANSILIO, (seventh century), a monk whose relics were enshrined at the monastery of Lagny in Picardy.
  • BRUNO, The youngest son of King Henry I the Fowler and St. Matilda (14th March), and brother of Emperor Otto I the Great.   He served as Abbot of Lorsch and Corvey, where he restored monastic observance before he was consecrated Archbishop of Cologne (A.D. 953), and soon after was made duke of Lorraine by Otto.   St. Bruno was a zealous pastor whose episcopate marked a new age in the city’s growth — spiritually, scholarly and physically; many of the next generation of German ecclesiastical leaders were educated at Bruno's court, and he not only extended the then cathedral to the point where it was said to rival St. Peter's in Rome, he built churches and founded the monastery of St. Pantaleon at Cologne.   St. Bruno reposed whilst on a mission to Reims A.D. 965, and was buried at the monastery of St. Pantaleon.
  • EMILIAN, (date unknown), traditionally thought to have been a hermit in Rennes in Brittany.
  • ETHELBURGH (ETHELBURGA), sister of St. Erconwald of London (30th April) the founder of the monastery at Barking in Essex, where she served as its first abbess.   According to St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), St. Ethelburgh led a virtuous life and guided those who were under her, and it is said that many miracles took place at the monastery during her time.   St. Ethelburgh reposed circa A.D. 675.
  • EUFRIDUS, (seventh century), a monk whose relics were venerated in the Cathedral of Alba in Piedmont.
  • FIRMINUS OF UZÈS, a native of Narbonne in southern Gaul, who served as Bishop of Uzès, reposing A.D. 553.
  • GERMANUS OF BESANÇON, (fourth century), a Bishop of Besançon in Gaul, there are no reliable details of his life extant, but it appears certain that he was martyred by heretics (probably Arians) towards the end of the fourth century.
  • GRATUS, the first Bishop of Oloron in Aquitaine, it is believed he took part in the Council of Agde (A.D. 506), reposing later that year.
  • GUMMARUS (GOMER), after a trying life in the world he became a hermit in the area that is now the town of Lierre (Lier) in Belgium, which grew up around his hermitage.   St. Gummarus reposed circa A.D. 774.
  • JULIANA OF PAVILLY, a servant girl who became a nun, and later served as abbess at Pavilly in Normandy, reposing circa A.D. 750.
  • KENNETH (CANICE, CAINNECH, KENNY), an Irishman who was a disciple of St. Finian of Clonard (12th December), and St. Cadoc (24th January) in Wales.   He was the founder of the monastery of Agahaboe and perhaps of Kilkenny, which is named after him.   St. Kenneth later preached in Scotland where he was built the first church in the place now known as St. Andrews.   He reposed circa A.D. 599
  • PLACIDIA, a holy virgin who reposed circa A.D. 460 and is venerated in Verona .

* - 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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