10 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
10 November (28 October O.S.):

  • ALBERIC, an abbot of Stavelot-Malmédy who reposed in 779. His feast is kept together with that of four other Abbots of the same monastery.
  • ANASTASIA AND CYRIL, (on Eastern Calendars 29th October), mid-third century martyrs in Rome. The former was bound with chains in Valerian's persecution under the Prefect Probus, tortured, her breasts cut off, her nails torn out, her teeth broken, her hands and feet cut off, and being beheaded, she passed to her Bridegroom; Cyril, who offered her water when she begged for it, received martydom as his reward.
  • ANGLINUS, the tenth Abbot of Stavelot-Malmédy near Liège, he reposed circa 768.
  • CYRILLA, the daughter of St. Tryphonia (18th October). Both were famed for their almsgiving and generosity, Cyrilla was martyred under the Emperor Claudius II circa 268.
  • DORBHENE, an abbot of Iona and descended from a brother of St. Columba (9th June), he reposed in 713. A copy of St. Adamnan's (31st January) Life of the latter, written by St Dorbhene, still exists.
  • EADSIN (EADSIGE), the thirty-third Archbishop of Canterbury, he resigned some years before he reposed in 1050.
  • FARO, a brother of Sts. Fara (3rd April) and Chainoaldus (6th September). He became a monk, either at Luxeuil or else at Rebais, and was conscrated bishop of Meaux in 626. He greatly encouraged monasticism, reposing circa 675.
  • FERRUTIUS, a soldier in Mainz who asked to be discharged rather than take part in idolatry. He was thrown into prison where he died of maltreatment and hunger.
  • FIDELIS OF COMO, a soldier martyred in Lombardy under Maximian Herculeus circa 304.
  • GODWIN, an abbot of the monastery of Stavelot-Malmédy who reposed circa 690.
  • HONORATUS OF VERCELLI, he was trained in the monastic life by St Eusebius whom he accompanied into exile in Scythopolis and on his journeys through Cappadocia, Egypt and Illyria. In 396 he was chosen bishop of Vercelli on the recommendation of St Ambrose (7th December), whom he anointed on his deathbed. St. Honoratus reposed in 415.
  • REMIGIUS, an archbishop of Lyons who reposed in 875.
  • SALVIUS (SAIRE), a sixth century hermit in Normandy who lived at the place now called Saint-Saire after him.

* - 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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