11 December, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
11 December (28 November O.S.):

  • FIONNCHU, (sixth century), the successor of St. Comgall (10th May) at the monastery of Bangor, he was known for his extraordinary spirit of penance.
  • HIPPOLYTUS, a Bishop of Saint-Claude in the Jura mountains of present-day France, who reposed circa A.D. 775.
  • PAPINIANUS AND MANSUETUS, (fifth century), bishops in North Africa who were martyred under the Arian Vandal King Genseric.
  • RUFUS AND COMPANIONS, A Roman who was martyred with his entire household under Diocletian in A.D. 304.
  • VALERIAN, URBAN, CRESCENS, EUSTACE, CRESCONIUS, CRESCENTIAN, FELIX, HORTULANUS AND FLORENTIAN, (fifth century), North African bishops who were exiled by the Arian Vandal King Genseric.   They reposed in exile, and were subsequently counted as Hiero-confessors.

* - 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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