02 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
2nd February, (20th January O.S.):

  • FABIAN, (on Eastern Calendars 5th August), Fabian succeeded St. Antherus as Pope of Rome in 236 and was martyred in 250 under Decius. According to St. Cyprian, he was an 'incomparable man' and that the glory of his death matched the purity and goodness of his life.
  • FECHIN, a native of Connaught, and founder of several monasteries. His name is also connected with Fobhar (Fore) in Westmeath. Ecclefechan and St Vigean's near Arbroath in Scotland are also called after him. He reposed circa 665.
  • MAURUS, a monk and abbot of Classe in Ravenna. When he was later consecrated Bishop of Cesena, he built for himself a cell on a hill near the city, where he spent part of his time in prayer. After his repose in 946 the cell grew into the monastery of Santa Maria del Monte.
  • MOLAGGA (LAICIN), a disciple of St. David (1st March) in Wales, who founded a monastery in Fulachmhin (Fermoy) in Ireland, reposing circa 655.

  • SEBASTIAN, one of the most illustrious of all the martyrs of Rome. An officer in the imperial army and, it seems, a favourite of Diocletian. Nevertheless, when he was found to be Orthodox no mercy was shown him. He was tied to a tree and his body was made a target for Roman archers then he was martyred with clubs. His church is one of the seven main churches in Rome. His martyrdom is thought to have been circa 288.

* - 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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