27 January, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
27th January, (14th January O.S.):

  • DATIUS, a bishop of Milan whose diocese was overrun by Arian Ostrogoths. He spent the rest of his life in exile in Constantinople reposing in 552.
  • EUPHRASIUS, a bishop martyred in North Africa by the Arian Vandals.
  • FELIX OF NOLA, the son of a Romano-Syrian soldier who had settled in Nola near Naples. Felix was ordained a priest and devoted himself to serving his bishop, St. Maximus (15th January), especially during the persecution which broke out under Decius. He reposed circa 250 and on account of his sufferings during the persecution, he was sometimes referred to as a martyr.
  • FELIX, a priest in Rome, of whom no further information is extant.

* - 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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