17 January, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
17th January, (4th January O.S.):

  • AQUILINUS, GEMINUS, EUGENE, MARCIAN, QUINTUS, THEODOTUS AND TRYPHON, a group of martyrs in North Africa under the Arian Hunneric, King of the Vandals circa 484.
  • CLEMENT, Nov 23 (On Eastern Calendars 4th January, 22nd April, 10th September, and 25th November.) he was one of the Seventy Apostles, and the third Pope of Rome having been consecrated by the Apostle Peter. He is mentioned in Philippians 4:3 and wrote a letter to the Church of Corinth which is still extant. St. Clement is venerated as a martyr and he is remembered in Rome by the church of San Clemente, which may have been built on the site of his home. He reposed circa 101.
  • DAFROSA (AFFROSA), was the mother of St. Bibiana (2nd December), and was martyred in Rome under Julian the Apostate.
  • FERREOLUS, a native of Narbonne who became Bishop of Uzès. He devoted himself in particular to converting Jews, for which he was exiled by King Childebert. He also was the founder of a monastery, and reposed in 581.
  • GREGORY OF LANGRES, a governor of Autun, who later in life he lost his wife, was ordained priest and became Bishop of Langres. He gained a reputation for gentleness and understanding. He was the father of St. Tetricus (12th April) and the great-uncle of St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) and reposed in 539.
  • LIBENTIUS (LIÄWIZO), a native of Swabia who was consecrated Bishop of Hamburg in 988, and reposed in 1013.
  • MAVILUS (MAJULUS), a martyr in Hadrumetum in North Africa at the time of Caracalla, who in 212, was thrown to wild beasts.
  • PHARÄILDIS (VAREIDE, VERYLDE, VEERLE), most likely born in Ghent, she was married against her will and maltreated by her husband. Reposing circa 740, she became one of the patron-saints of Ghent.
  • PRISCUS, PRISCILLIAN AND BENEDICTA, martyrs in Rome buried by their father, Flavian.
  • RIGOBERT, a monk and Abbot of Orbais, who in 721 became Archbishop of Rheims. Some years later he was banished by Charles Martel, returned to Orbais, and resumed monastic life. Upon his recall to Rheims, he came to terms with the intruded bishop and himself became a hermit reposing circa 745.

* - 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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