28 January, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
28th January, (15th January O.S.):

  • BLAITHMAIC (BLATHMAC, BLAITHMALE), an abbot from Ireland who went to Scotland where he was martyred by the Danes on the altar steps of the church of Iona circa 823.
  • BONITUS (BONT), a bishop of Clermont, who after ten years as bishop resigned and lived as a monk, reposing in extreme old age circa 710.
  • CEOLWULF, a King of Northumbria who encouraged monastic life. St. Bede (25th May) dedicated his Ecclesiastical History to him. Ceolwulf ended his days as a monk at Lindisfarne reposing in 764.
  • EMEBERT (ABLEBERT), a brother of Ss. Reineldis (16th July) and Gudula (8th January), who served as bishop of Cambrai. Reposing circa 710.
  • EPHYSIUS, a greatly venerated martyr in Sardinia, under Diocletian. He reposed in 303.
  • EUGYPPIUS, born in North Africa and ordained priest at Rome. He was a companion of St. Severinus (8th January) of Noricum Ripense, whose Life he wrote. He reposed circa 535.
  • ITA (YTHA, MEDA), second only to St. Bridget (1st February) in popular veneration in Ireland; she was born in Drum in Co. Waterford and founded the convent of Hy Conaill in Co. Limerick, attracting many to the monastic life, reposing circa 570.
  • LLEUDADD (LAUDATUS), a sixth century abbot of Bardsey in Wales who accompanied St. Cadfan (1st November) to Brittany.
  • MALARD, a bishop of Chartres who was present at the Council of Châlon-sur-Saône in 650, reposing shortly there after.
  • MAURA AND BRITTA, two fourth century martyrs who are venerated as saints, though there is no information on their lives extant. According to St. Gregory of Tours (17th November), their relics were discovered by his predecessor as Bishop of Tours, Eufronius, in the 6th century
  • MAXIMUS OF NOLA, a bishop of Nola who ordained St. Felix (14th January). During the persecution of Decius he fled to the mountains, where he nearly died of exposure and hunger. He reposed in Nola, exhusted by the hardships he had endured for the Faith circa 250.
  • SAWL, the father of St. Asaph of Wales (1st May).
  • SECUNDINA, a virgin-martyr scourged to death near Rome in the persecution of Decius circa 250.
  • TARSICIA (TARSITIA), an anchoress who lived near Rodez and reposed circa 600.

* - 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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