12 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
12 November (30 October O.S.):

  • AFRICA, MARTYRS OF NORTH-WEST AFRICA, a group numbering between one and two hundred, massacred in one of the early persecutions.
  • ARILDA, a holy-virgin in Gloucestershire who died defending her chastity. The church at Oldbury-on-the-Hill is dedicated to her.
  • CLAUDIUS, LUPERCUS AND VICTORIUS, three brothers, sons of the centurion, St. Marcellus (30th October), who were martyred in Léon under Diocletian circa 300.
  • ETHELNOTH, a monk at Glastonbury called 'the Good' and famed for his wisdom, he was consecrated the thirty-second Archbishop of Canterbury in 1020, and reposed in 1038.
  • EUTROPIA, a martyr in North Africa, probably under Valerian.
  • EUTROPIA, a fifth century holy woman in Auvergne.
  • GERMANUS OF CAPUA, a bishop of Capua and a friend of St. Benedict (11th July). He went to Constantinople to heal the Acacian schism but was maltreatmented by the Acacians. He reposed circa 545 and St. Benedict saw his soul being carried to heaven.
  • HERBERT (HABERNE, HERBERN), an abbot of Marmoutier and later archbishop of Tours.
  • LUCANUS, a fifth century martyr in Lagny in Francia, where his relics were enshrined.
  • MARCELLUS, a Roman centurion in Tangier who, during a festival in honour of the Emperor in 298, refused to join in the pagan celebrations and declared himself to be Orthodox. and was then martyred.
  • NANTERIUS (NANTIER, NANTÈRE), an abbot of Saint-Mihiel in Lorraine who reposed circa 1044.
  • SATURNINUS, a martyr in Cagliari in Sardinia under Diocletian in 303. It is traditionally thought he was beheaded during a pagan festival of Jupiter.
  • TALARICAN, a sixth century bishop in Scotland where several churches were dedicated to him.
  • THEONESTUS, he is generally considered to have been a bishop of Philippi in Macedonia who was driven out by the Arians. He was subsequently sent with companions (among whom was St Alban of Mainz) to enlighten Gallia. However, in Mainz they were forced to flee the invading Vandals and Theonestus was martyred in Altino in Abruzzo in 425.

* - 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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