22 January, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
22nd January, (9th January O.S.):

  • ADRIAN, originally from North Africa, he became Abbot of Nerida not far from Naples. Part of the mission to England, he was chosen to be Archbishop of Canterbury, but declined the office and recommended instead St. Theodore of Tarsus (19th September), with whom he came to England. He became Abbot of Ss. Peter and Paul, later called St Augustine's in Canterbury. He was well known for his holiness and learning, and reposed in 710.
  • BRITHWALD (BRIHTWALD), a monk and later Abbot of Reculver in Kent. In 693 he became the ninth Archbishop of Canterbury, reposing in 731.
  • EPICTETUS, JUCUNDUS, SECUNDUS, VITALIS, FELIX AND COMPANIONS, a group of twelve martyrs in North Africa, who probably suffered under Decian circa 250. Epictetus was a bishop.
  • FOELLAN (FOILAN, FILLAN), born in Ireland in the eighth century, he accompanied his mother, St. Kentigerna (7th January), and his uncle, St. Comgan (13th October), to Scotland, where he lived as a monk. The place of his repose is called Strathfillan.
  • MARCELLINUS OF ANCONA, a native of Ancona in The Marches, he was consecrated bishop there circa 550 and reposed circa 566.
  • MARCIANA, a virgin-martyr in Mauritania in North Africa. Having been accused of breaking a statue of a goddess, she was thrown to the wild beasts and gored to death by a bull circa 303.
  • MAURONTUS (MAURONTIUS, MAURUNTIUS), the founder of the monastery of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil on the Loire. He reposed circa 700.
  • PASCHASIA, a virgin martyr venerated from ancient times in Dijon, believed to have reposed circa 178.
  • WANINGUS (VANENG), a monk who helped St. Wandrille (22nd July) found Fontenelle. Shortly afterwards he went on to found another important monastery in Fécamp. He reposed circa 686.

* - 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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