06 January, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
6th January (24th December O.S.):

  • ADELA, the daughter of Dagobert II, King of the Franks. In her widowhood she founded and became the first Abbess of Pfalzel near Trier, reposing circa 730.
  • ALBERIC (ALBERT), a tenth century monk at Gladbach.
  • BRUNO, a holy man at the monastery of Ottobeuren in Bavaria who reposed circa 1050.
  • CARANUS, a seventh century saint of the east of Scotland.
  • DELPHINUS, a bishop of Bordeaux, who helped convert St. Paulinus of Nola (22nd June) and was an untiring opponent of Priscillianism. He reposed in 404.
  • GREGORY OF SPOLETO, a priest martyred in Spoleto under Maximinian Herculeus.
  • IRMINA, she was given in marriage at the age of fifteen, but her betrothed died on her wedding day. She then persuaded her father, Dagobert II, to build for her the convent of Oehren near Trier. She also built the monastery of Echternach for St. Willibrord (7th November). She reposed at the monastery of Weissenburg in 708.
  • LUCIAN, METROBIUS, PAUL, ZENOBIUS, THEOTIMUS AND DRUSUS, martyrs in Tripoli in North Africa.
  • TARSILA, an aunt of St. Gregory the Great (3rd Septembere), sister of St. Emiliana (5th January) and niece of Pope Felix. She led a life of seclusion and asceticism in her paternal home, reposing circa 581.
  • VENERANDUS, born of a senatorial family in Clermont in Auvergne, he became bishop there in 385, in which See he served until his repose in 423.

* - 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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