14 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
14 November (1 November O.S.):

  • AMABILIS, a priest in Tiom in Auvergne, he reposed A.D. 475.   St. Amabilis' intercession is invoked against fire and snakes.
  • AUSTREMONIUS (STREMOINE), (third century), a missionary in Auvergne who became the first Bishop of Clermont-Ferrand.
  • BENIGNUS, (second century), a martyr venerated in Dijon from early times.   The Cathedral of St. Benignus is built over his tomb.
  • CADFAN, (sixth century), a native of Brittany who went to Wales where he founded several monasteries.   He is mainly linked with Towyn in Gwynedd and Bardsey Island.
  • CAESARIUS AND JULIAN, (date unknown), Caesarius, a deacon from North Africa, and Julian, a priest, who were martyred in Terracina.   The church of St. Caesarius in Rome is dedicated to St. Caesarius.
  • CAESARIUS, a Bishop of Clermont who reposed circa A.D. 627.
  • CEITHO, (sixth century), An abbot, and one of the five brothers of the great Welsh family of Cunedda.   All of the brothers are counted as saints.   The church at Llangeith in Dyfed was founded by St. Ceitho.
  • CLEDWYN (CLYDWYN), (fifth century), the patron saint of Llandledwyn, and claimed by many to have been the eldest son of King St. Brychan of Brecknock (6th April).
  • DINGAD, (fifth century), possibly the son of a Welsh king, he was a hermit and was patron of Llandingat Church (in Llandovery) in Carmarthenshire, and of Dingestow in Monmouthshire in Wales.
  • FLORIBERT (FLORBERT), an abbot of monasteries in Ghent, Mont-Blandin and Saint-Bavon.   He reposed circa A.D. 660.
  • GENESIUS, a monk at Fontenelle who went on to serve as chaplain at the palace of Queen Bathild, and in A.D. 658 was consecrated Bishop of Lyons.   St. Genesius reposed at the convent of Chelles near Paris circa A.D. 679.
  • GERMANUS OF MONTFORT, a native of Montfort in Brittany who became a monk at the monastery of Savigny.   He reposed as a hermit A.D. 1000.
  • LICINIUS (LESIN), a monk of noble origin who was consecrated by St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) Bishop of Angers (A.D. 586).   St. Licinius reposed circa A.D. 616.
  • MARCELLUS, the ninth Bishop of Paris, who was buried in the old Christian cemetery outside the walls of the city circa A.D. 430.   The area of the cemetery is now known as Saint-Marceau.
  • MARY THE SLAVE, a slave-girl in the household of a Roman patrician, who was venerated as a martyr on account of her sufferings during the persecution of Diocletian circa A.D. 300.
  • MATHURIN (MATURINUS), (date unknown), born near Sens in Burgundy, he was converted and ordained by Polycarp who was the Bishop of Sens.   In time he converted his own parents and successfully enlightened his native region.
  • PABIALI, (fifth or sixth century), believed to have been descended from a local Welsh king, he is the patron saint of Partypallai in Wales.
  • SEVERINUS, a hermit in Tivoli in Lazio.   St. Severinus reposed circa A.D. 699, and his relics are in the church of St. Laurence in Tivoli.
  • VIGOR, a disciple of St. Vedast (6th February) who was a hermit, then a priest, and lastly Bishop of Bayeux.   He was a resolute opponent of paganism, and reposed circa A.D. 537.

* - 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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