24 January, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
24th January, (11th January O.S.):

  • ALEXANDER, (date unknown)a native of Fermo near Ancona in the Marches, who became bishop of his native city and was martyred under Decius.   His relics are enshrined in the Cathedral of Fermo.
  • ANASTASIUS, a notary of the Roman church who became a monk at, and then Abbot of, Castel Sant' Elia.   St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) wrote that St. Anastasius and his monks reposed, at the call of an angel, in quick succession circa A.D. 570.
  • BOADIN, (date unknown), an Irishman who lived as a monk in France.
  • BRANDAN, (fifth century), an Irishman who took refuge from Pelagianism in Britain and then in Gaul, at a monastery where he later became abbot.
  • ETHENIA AND FIDELMIA, amongst the first converts of St. Patrick (13th March17th March), they were daughters of King Laoghaire.   Following their conversion, they became nuns and reposed in holiness A.D. 433.

Having been tonsured, O most pure and righteous virgins Ethenia and Fidelmia,
you were found worthy to tarry in this vale of tears
and to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, just once,
before going to your eternal reward.
We chant your praises and implore Christ our God
that, in The Eleventh Day of Judgment,
He will not find us wanting.

  • HONORATA, the sister of St. Epiphanius (21st January), Bishop of Pavia.   She was a nun at Pavia when Odoacer, King of the Heruli, captured her, and she was ransomed by her brother and returned to Pavia, reposing circa A.D. 500.
  • HYGINUS, Pope of Rome from circa A.D. 138 until his repose (and possible martyrdom) circa A.D. 140.
  • LEUCIUS OF BRINDISI, a missionary from Alexandria, who is venerated as the first Bishop of Brindisi.   He reposed circa A.D. 180.
  • PALDO, TASO AND TATO, three brothers from Benevento, who became monks at Farfa, and went on to found the monastery of San Vincenzo at the headwaters of the Volturno, serving as successive abbots, Paldo reposing circa A.D. 720, Taso circa A.D. 729, and Tato circa A.D. 739.
  • SALVIUS, (date unknown), a martyr in North Africa.

* - 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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