13 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
13 November (31 October O.S.):

  • ANTONINUS, called Fontana, he was Archbishop of Milan and reposed in 660.
  • ARNULF, a monk at Novalese in Piedmont who was martyred by the Saracens circa 840.
  • BEGU, a nun at Hackness in Yorkshire who reposed in 660.
  • ERTH (HERYGH, URITH), the namesake of the village of St. Erth and brother of Sts. Uny (27th October) and Ia (Ives) (3rd February). He went from Ireland to Cornwall in the sixth century, where a church is dedicated to him.
  • FOILLAN, brother of Sts. Fursey (16th January) and Ultan (2nd May). Leaving Ireland for East Anglia, St. Foillan became the Abbot of Burgh Castle near Yarmouth but when this monastery was destroyed, he went to Belgium. St. Ita of Nivelles (8th May) gave him land at Fosses where he founded a monastery. He enlightened Brabant but was killed by robbers circa 655 and is venerated as a martyr.
  • NOTBURGA, a nun at the convent of St Mary in the Capitol in Cologne who reposed circa 714.
  • QUENTIN (QUINTIN), According to the legend of his life, Quentin was born in Rome and went to Gaul where he worked to enlighten the area around Amiens, and was martyred at the town now called Saint-Quentin.
  • WOLFGANG, a native of Swabia, he became a monk at Einsiedeln in Schwyz in 964. In 971 he was ordained and with a group of monks went to enlighten the Magyars, but in 972 he was made Bishop of Regensburg, where he was the tutor of the future Emperor Henry II, rejuvenated St. Emmeram's Abbey, he was known as a great benefactor of the poor as well. Towards the end of his life he retired to live as a hermit, reposing in 994.

* - 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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