09 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
9 November (27 October O.S.):

  • ABBAN, the nephew of St. Kevin (3rd June) and the founder of many monasteries. He is often confused with the St. Abban (16th March) who was the nephew of St. Ibar (23rd April) and founder of Kill-Abban monastery in Leinster.
  • COLMAN OF SENBOTH-FOLA, a disciple of St Aidan of Ferns (31st January), he was Abbot of Senboth-Fola near Ferns in Ireland and reposed circa 632.
  • DESIDERIUS, the successor of St. Anacharius (25th September) as Bishop of Auxerre. He reposed circa 625.
  • FLORENTIUS, a third century martyr in Trois-Châteaux in Burgundy.
  • GAUDIOSUS OF NAPLES, bishop of Abitina in North Africa and exiled by the Arian Vandal King Genseric in 440, he took refuge at Naples where he founded a monastery, living there until his repose circa 455.
  • NAMATIUS (NAMACE), the ninth bishop of Clermont and builder of the Cathedral there. He reposed circa 462.
  • OTTERAN (ODHRAN), according to Irish tradition Otteran was an Abbot of Meath and founder of Lattreagh. We know that he left Ireland to join St. Columba (9th June) at Iona, dying soon after his arrival (circa 563). He was the first to repose on Iona and greatly revered in Ireland where he is the main patron of Waterford.
  • VINCENT, SABINA AND CHRISTETA, early fourth century martyrs in Avila in Spain.

* - 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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