14 December, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
14th December (1st December O.S.):

  • AGERICUS (AGUY, AIRY), the successor to St. Desiderius (10th February) in Verdun, and was greatly admired by his contemporaries, Sts. Gregory of Tours (17th November) and Venantius Fortunatus (14th December). He reposed in 591 and was buried in his own home which was turned into a church. The monastery of Saint-Airy later grew up around it.
  • ANSANUS, he became Orthodox when he was twelve years old, but his own father denounced him to the authorities. He managed to escape and converted so many pagans, first in Bagnorea and then in Siena, that he was called 'the Baptiser'. Finally he was arrested and beheaded circa 304.
  • CANDRES, a fifth century bishop who enlightened the Maastricht area.
  • CASTRITIAN, the predecessor of St Calimerius (31st July) as Bishop of Milan. He was bishop for forty-two years, reposing in 137.
  • CONSTANTIAN, a monk at Micy (Orléans) and founder of a monastery at Javron who reposed in 570.
  • DIODORUS, MARIANUS AND COMPANIONS, martyrs in Rome under Numerian in 283. An entire church was martyred while gathered for prayer in the catacombs.
  • ELIGIUS (ELOI, ELOY), a skilled metalsmith who became master of the mint in Paris under King Clotaire II; in 640 he became a priest and soon after Bishop of Noyon. He enlightened the areas round Antwerp, Ghent and Courtra, and founded the monastery of Solignac and many other monasteries and convents. He reposed in 660.
  • EVASIUS, the first Bishop of Asti in Piedmont. He was driven out by the Arians and martyred under Julian the Apostate at Casale Monferrato about 362.
  • GRWST, a seventh century saint whose memory is recalled by the place-name Llanrwst in Wales.
  • LEONTIUS, bishop of Fréjus from circa 419 until his repose circa 432. He was a great friend of St. John Cassian (23rd July) who dedicated his first ten Conferences to him.
  • OLYMPIADES, according to tradition, a noble from Rome martyred in Amelia under Diocletian in 303.
  • PROCULUS, a bishop of Narni or Terni in Italy who was martyred by Totila, King of the Goths circa 542.
  • URSICINUS, a bishop of Brescia, who took part in the Council of Sardica. His shrine still exists in Brescia. He reposed circa 347.

* - 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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