30 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
30 November (17 November O.S.):

  • ACISCLUS AND VICTORIA, brother and sister who were natives of Cordoba and were martyred in A.D. 304, most likely under Diocletian.   Their home was later turned into a church.   SS. Acisclus and Victoria are the main patron-saints of Cordoba, and were venerated throughout Spain and the south of France.
  • ANIANUS (AIGNAN), the fifth Bishop of Orléans.   He is best known for organising the defence of his city during the invasion of the Huns under Attila; interceding with the latter on his approach to Orléans, thus saving it.   St. Anianus reposed in A.D. 453.
  • EUGENE, a disciple of St. Ambrose at Milan (7th December), who went on to serve as a deacon of the Church of Florence with Bishop Zenobius, and reposed in A.D. 422.

  • GREGORY OF TOURS, a native of Auvergne, he was baptised George Florentius, but took the name Gregory upon his consecration as Bishop of Tours in A.D. 573.   He was a superb bishop. and excelled as an historian.   St. Gregory reposed in A.D. 594.

  • HILD (HILDA), a native of Northumbria, and a relative of King Edwin, who, at the age of thirty-three she joined the nuns of Hartlepool in Northumberland where she soon became Abbess.   Later she became Abbess of Whitby.   She was one of the most influential parties in uniting the Church in seventh century England.   Five of her monks went on to become bishops.   St. Hilda reposed in A.D. 680.
  • NAMASIUS (NAAMAT, NAMAT, NAMATIUS), the twenty-second Bishop of Vienne; he reposed circa A.D. 599.

* - 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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