01 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
1st February, (19th January O.S.):

  • ARCONTIUS, an eighth or ninth century bishop of Viviers who was killed by a mob for defending the rights of the Church.
  • BASSIAN, a bishop of Lodi in Lombardy, who was held in high esteem by St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December), with whom he attended the Council of Aquilia (381) and at whose repose he was present (390). St. Bassian reposed in 413.
  • BRANWALLADER, a sixth century bishop in Jersey in the Channel Islands.
  • CATELLUS, a ninth century bishop of Castellamare to the south of Naples. He is venerated as the main patron-saint of the town.
  • CONTESTUS, a bishop of Bayeux from 480 until his repose circa 510.
  • FIRMINUS, the third bishop of Gabales (Gévaudan) in Gaul.
  • LOMER (LAUDOMARUS), a shepherd boy near Chartres who became a priest, and then a hermit. As disciples gathered around him, e founded the monastery of Corbion near Chartres. He lived to be over a hundred years of age, reposing in 593.
  • MARIUS (MARIS), MARTHA, AUDIFAX AND ABACHUM, Marius was a Persian nobleman, who along with his wife Martha, and their two sons, Audifax and Abachum, travelled to Rome to venerate the tombs of the Apostles. While there, they also buried the bodies of those being martyred in the persecution of Claudius II. This resulted in thier arrest, and the three men were beheaded and St. Martha drowned circa 270.
  • MESSALINA, a holy-virgin in Foligno. When she visited Bishop Felician of Foligno in prison, she was denounced as a Christian and clubbed to death in 251.
  • NATHALAN, born to a wealthy Scottish family, he renounced his wealth and became a hermit, and was praised for earning his living by tilling the soil, 'which comes closest to divine contemplation'. He was later consecrated bishop of Aberdeen, residing in Tullicht. St. Nathalan reposed circa 678.
  • PAUL, GERONTIUS, JANUARIUS, SATURNINUS, SUCCESSUS, JULIUS, CATUS, PIA AND GERMANA, second century martyrs in Numidia in North Africa.
  • PONTIAN, a martyr in Spoleto under Marcus Aurelius in 169.
  • REMIGIUS, a bishop of Rouen from 755 until his repose circa 772.

* - 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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