08 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
8 November (26 October O.S.):

  • ADALGOTT, a monk at Einsiedeln and from 1012 Abbot of Dissentis, both in present-day Switzerland. He reposed in 1031.
  • ALANUS AND ALORUS, two fifth century bishops of Quimper in Brittany.
  • ALBINUS (WITTA), one of the group that went with St. Boniface (5th June) to enlighten the peoples of Hesse and Thuringia. In 741 he was consecrated Bishop of Buraburg in Hesse serving the See until his repose circa 760.
  • ALFRED THE GREAT, King of Wessex and all Orthodox England who defeated the Danish invaders and ensured the growth of the Church in England. A patron of sacred learning, he translated into English the Dialogues of St. Gregory the Great, St. Gregory the Great's Pastoral Care, Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, St. Augustine's Soliloquies, as well as others. His memory is held by many in great veneration as a patriot and model of Orthodox kingship. He reposed in 899
  • ANEURIN (OR GILDAS) AND GWINOC, father and son who were both monks in sixth century Wales.
  • BEAN, bishop of Mortlach in Banff in Scotland, he later preached in Aberdeen and reposed circa 1012.

  • CEDD, brother of St. Chad of Lichfield (2nd March), monk at Lindisfarne and Bishop of the East Saxons. He spent time enlightening the Midlands of England and established monasteries at Tilbury and Lastingham before his consecration as bishop. He retired to his monastery at Lastingham, dying from the plague shortly after his participation in the Synod of Whitby in 664.

  • CUTHBERT, a monk at Lyminge in Kent, he became Bishop of Hereford circa 736 and the twelfth Archbishop of Canterbury circa 740, reposing in 761.
  • EATA, a monk at Ripon, who went on to Melrose in Scotland where he became abbot. After the Council of Whitby, he became Abbot of Lindisfarne, then in 678 he became Bishop of Lindisfarne and later of Hexham, reposing circa 686.
  • EDFRID (EADFRID), a priest from Northumbria who preached in Mercia and founded a monastery in Leominster. He reposed circa 675.
  • EVARISTUS, the fourth Pope of Rome, he was martyred circa 105.
  • GAUDIOSUS OF SALERNO, a seventh century bishop of Salerno, his relics were venerated in Naples.
  • GIBITRUDIS, a nun at Faremoutiers-en-Brie, who reposed circa 655.
  • HUMBERT, a seventh or eighth century monk at Fritzlar and Buraburg in Hesse.
  • QUADRAGESIMUS, a shepherd and subdeacon in Policastro in Campania who raised a man from the dead. He reposed circa 590.
  • ROGATIAN AND FELICISSIMUS, Rogatian, a priest, and Felicissimus, a layman, belonged to the church of Carthage where they were martyred in 256.
  • RUSTICUS, monk of Lérins who later became Bishop of Narbonne. He was present at the Third Oecumenical Council in Ephesus in 431, and reposed circa 462.
  • SIGIBALD, bishop of Metz from 716 until his repose circa 740. He was a builder of several monasteries, including Neuweiter and Saint-Avold.

* - 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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