16 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
16 November (3 November O.S.):

  • ACHERIC AND WILLIAM, Hermits at a monastery in the Vosges, who reposed circa A. D. 860.
  • CRISTIOLUS, a brother of St. Sulian (29th July) and founder of churches in Wales, including one in Anglesey.
  • DOMNUS OF VIENNE, the successor of St. Desiderius the Martyr (11th February) as Bishop of Vienne, and famed for ransoming the captives of war.   St. Domnus reposed A.D. 657.
  • ELERIUS, (sixth century), an abbot of a monastery in the north of Wales.
  • ENGLATIUS (ENGLAT, TANGLEN), this Scottish saint lived in Tarves in Aberdeenshire, and is said by some to have been a bishop.   He reposed 966.
  • FLORUS (FLOUR) OF LODÈVE, the first Bishop of Lodève in Languedoc.   He reposed in A.D. 389 and his relics are enshrined in Saint-Flour, France, which is named after him.
  • GAUDIOSUS OF TARAZONA, a monk in Asan in the Pyrenees under St. Victorian (12th January).   He was consecrated Bishop of Tarazona circa A.D. 530, reposing, it is commonly believed circa A.D. 585.
  • GUENHAEL, a Breton who became a monk at Landevennec with St. Winwalöe (3rd March), later serving as its abbot and reposing circa A.D. 550.
  • HERMENGAUDIUS (ARMENGOL), the Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia from A.D. 1010 until his repose in A.D. 1035.   He was responsible for the building of the Cathedral there.
  • HUBERT, a widowed nobleman of Aquitaine, employed at the Court of Pepin of Heristal.   He is said to have had a conversion experience whilst hunting, after which he devoted his life to the Faith, in all likelihood becoming a monk at Stavelot.   He was the successor of St. Lambert (17th September) as Bishop of Maastricht circa A.D. 706, serving that See until his repose in A.D. 727.
  • PAPULIUS (PAPOUL), a priest who worked with St. Saturninus (30th October) in southern Gaul; and like him was martyred under Diocletian circa A.D. 300.   His shrine is in Toulouse.
  • PIRMIN, a native of Spain most likely of Visigoth ancestry.   Fleeing Spain during the Saracen invation he settled in the Rhineland where he established several monasteries — including Reichenau, Murbach, and Amorbach; and restored others most notably Dissentis.   He seems to have been Bishop of Meaux as well.   He retired to Hornbach Abbey where he reposed in A.D. 753.
  • RUMWOLD, believed to have been born near King's Sutton in Northamptonshire of royal parentage, Rumwold was a three-day old infant, who spoke from birth requesting baptism and upon receiving the sacrament reposed circa A.D. 650.
  • THE INNUMERABLE MARTYRS OF SARAGOSSA, an extremely large number of martyrs put to death in A.D. 304 under Diocletian by the savage prefect Dacian.   Dacian issued an edict exiling all Orthodox from Saragossa, and then ordered the soldiers to massacre the fleeing Christians.   Eighteen of them are honoured separately on 16th April.
  • SYLVIA, the mother of St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September).   She reposed circa A.D. 572 and there was a chapel built in her honour over her house on the Coelian Hill in Rome.
  • VALENTINE AND HILARY, a priest and his deacon who were beheaded at Viterbo near Rome under Diocletian circa A.D. 304.
  • VALENTINIAN, a Bishop of Salerno who reposed circa A.D. 500.
  • VULGANIUS, a native of either Ireland or Wales who enlightened the Atrebates in the area around present-day Artois in northern France, and finished his life as a hermit in Arras, where he reposed circa A.D. 704.

  • WINEFRED, (seventh century), she was a niece of St. Beuno (21st April) who was beheaded by a prince for refusing his advances.   A spring gushed forth where her head had fallen which was the origin of her holy well which has been a centre of pilgrimage ever since.
  • WULGAN, (eighth century), a holy man believed to have been born in Canterbury, though he died a holy death in Arras.

* - 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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