29 January, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
29th January, (16th January O.S.):

  • DUNCHAID O'BRAOIN, a hermit near the monastery of Clonmacnoise until the year 969, when he became abbot there. He reposed in 988.
  • FERREOLUS (FERGÉOL), a bishop of Grenoble who reposed circa 670.
  • FULGENTIUS, the brother of Ss. Isidore (4th April) and Leander (27th February) of Seville, and of St. Florentina (20th June). He was Bishop of Ecija in Andalusia and one of the leaders of the Spanish Church of that time. He reposed circa 633.
  • FURSEY, after founding a monastery at Rathmat in Ireland, he went to Suffolk where he founded another at Burgh Castle. He then went to Gaul where he founded a monastery at Lagny near Paris. He reposed circa 648 and was buried in Picardy. His life is famous for his remarkable visions.
  • HONORATUS OF ARLES, believed to have been born in Lorraine of a Roman consular family, he renounced paganism in his youth and went to the East to learn the monastic life. Returning to his homeland, he founded a monastery on the Mediterranean island of Lérins, and in 426 he was forced to become Archbishop of Arles, but reposed three years later.
  • HONORATUS OF FONDI, the sixth century founder of the monastery of Fondi in Italy.
  • JAMES OF TARENTAISE, a native of Syria who became a monk with St. Honoratus (16th January) at Lérins and was venerated at Chambéry as an Apostle of Savoy in France and the first Bishop of Tarentaise. He reposed circa 429.
  • LIBERATA, fifth century — the sister of St. Epiphanius of Pavia (21st January) and St. Honorata (11th January).
  • MARCELLUS, (On Eastern Calendars 7th June), Pope of Rome from 308 until his repose in 309. He suffered for confessing the faith.
  • PRISCILLA, the wife of Manius Acilius Glabrio and mother of the senator Pudens. According to tradition she was the hostess in Rome of the Apostle Peter. His headquarters were at her villa near the Roman catacombs which to this day bear her name.
  • TITIAN, served for thirty years as a bishop near Venice, reposing in 650.
  • TRIVERIUS, a hermit near the monastery of Thérouanne until he moved to Dombes. He reposed in 550, and the village of Saint Trivier in France commemorates his name.
  • VALERIUS, a hermit who was compelled by the people of Sorrento to be their bishop. He reposed circa 453.

* - 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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