19 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
19 November (6 November O.S.):

  • EDWEN, (seventh century), this saint was most likely born in England, and may have been the daughter of King Edwin of Northumbria, she is the patron saint of Llanedwen in Anglesey in Wales.
  • EFFLAM, a native of Britain who went to Brittany where he founded a monastery and served as its abbot, reposing circa A.D. 700.
  • ERLAFRID, the founder of the monastery of Hirschau in Bavaria, where he became a monk, reposing circa A.D. 830.
  • FELIX OF FONDI, (sixth century), monk at a monastery in Fondi in Lazia (present-day Italy).
  • FELIX OF THYNISSA, (date unknown), a martyr in Thynissa near Hippo in North Africa.   He was found dead in prison the day before he was to be executed.
  • ILLTYD (ILLTUT), one of the most famous of the Welsh saints.   Illtyd abandoned his career as courtier and minister, to become a monk under St. Cadoc (24th January) at Llancarvan.   He went on to found the great Abbey of Llan-Illtut, or Llantwit, from whence most of that era's saints came.   There is a tradition that St. Illtyd reposed in Brittany circa A.D. 505, where his relics are still venerated.
  • LEONARD OF NOBLAC, a Frankish noble in the court of Clovis I converted by St. Remi of Rheims (1st October).   Following the advice of St. Remi, St. Leonard went to live in the monastery of Micy near Orléans, later becoming a hermit in a neighbouring forest, now called Noblac.   He is believed to have reposed circa 559.
  • LEONIANUS, born in Pannonia, he was captured by bandits and taken as a prisoner to Burgundy.   Upon regaining his freedom he lived as a hermit near Autun reposing circa A.D. 570.
  • SEVERUS, a Bishop of Barcelona who was martyred under the Arian Visigoths in A.D. 633, who put him to death by driving nails into his temples.
  • STEPHEN OF APT, a native of Agde in southern Gaul, he served as Bishop of Apt from A.D. 1010 until his repose A.D. 1046.
  • WINOC, a Welshman who became a monk at Sithin.   He was sent to found a new monastery at Wormhoult in Flanders where he served as abbot, enlightening the surrounding area and is believed to have reposed circa A.D. 717.

* - 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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