30 December, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
30th December (17th December O.S.):

  • BEGGA, daughter of Ss. Pepin of Landen (21st February) and Ida of Nivelles (8th May), as well as sister of two other saints. She married Angisilus (Ansegis), son of St. Arnulf of Metz (18th July), and after her husband's death St. Begga founded a convent in Andenne on the Meuse, where she was abbess, reposing in 698.
  • BRIARCH, born in Ireland, he became a monk in Wales with St. Tudwal (30th November), whom he accompanied to Brittany. He built a monastery in Guingamp and reposed in Bourbiac circa 627.
  • EIGIL (AEIGILUS), a monk at Fulda, where he became Abbot in 817, and reposed in 822.
  • JUDICÄEL, a King of Brittany who was much loved by his people. After a victorious reign he abdicated and spent the last twenty years of his life in the monastery of Gäel near Vannes, where he reposed in 658.
  • MAXENTIOLUS (MEZENCEUL), a disciple of St. Martin of Tours (11th November), and founder of Our Lady of Cunault.
  • STURM (STURMI), he was entrusted to St. Boniface (5th June) as a child and brought up in the monastery of Fritzlar. After being ordained, he was sent to enlighten the Saxons. He went to find a suitable site for a monastery in central Germany and chose Fulda. Sturm then went to Montecassino and on his return became Abbot of Fulda, reposing in 779. Dearly loved by his monks, Sturm is considered as second only to Boniface as Apostle of Germany.
  • TYDECHO, a brother of St. Cadfan (1st November) in Wales. He and his sister lived in Gwynedd in the sixth century, and there are several churches are dedicated to him.

* - 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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