15 December, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
15th December (2nd December O.S.):

  • BIBIANA (VIBIANA, VIVIAN), a holy virgin martyred in Rome.
  • CHROMATIUS, the Bishop of Aquileia near Venice from 387 until his repose circa 406. He was a holy and learned man, and a friend of St John Chrysostom. Parts of his commentary on St. Matthew are still extant.
  • EUSEBIUS, MARCELLUS, HIPPOLYTUS, MAXIMUS, ADRIA, PAULINA, NEON, MARY MARTANA AND AURELIA, Martyrs in Rome under Valerian between 254-259. Eusebius, a priest, Marcellus, his deacon, and Neon and Mary were beheaded; Adria and Hippolytus were scourged to death; Paulina died in a torture-chamber; Maximus was thrown into the Tiber.
  • EVASIUS, the first Bishop of Brescia.
  • LUPUS OF VERONA, a bishop of Verona.
  • PONTIAN AND COMPANIONS, a group of five martyrs Valerian circa 259.
  • SEVERUS, SECURUS, JANUARIUS AND VICTORINUS, martyrs in North Africa under the Vandals circa 450.
  • SILVERIUS, the son of Pope Hormisdas. He was a subdeacon when elected Bishop of Rome. He was hated by the Empress Theodora for objecting to the Monophysite Bishop Anthimus and condemned for high treason. He was finally exiled to an island off Naples where he was left to die and perhaps martyred, circa 537.

* - 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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