20 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
20th February, (7th February O.S.):

  • AMULWINUS, he succeeded St. Erminus (25th April) as bishop of Lobbes in 737, serving that see until his repose circa 750.
  • ANATOLIUS, a bishop of Cahors.
  • AUGULUS (AUGURIUS, AULE), an early martyr (circa 303); most likely in Gaul, though there is some possibility that is was London.
  • CHRYSOLIUS, an Armenian who fled his homeland during the persecution of Diocletian to north-western Europe, where he enlightened Gaul and Flanders in the fourth century. He bacame bishop and was martyred in Flanders. His relics were venerated in Bruges.
  • FIDELIS, part of the wave of Greeks who settled in Mérida in the early to mid-sixth century. One there, he became a disciple of Paul, bishop of that city, whom he later succeeded. St. Fidelis reposed circa 570.
  • JULIANA OF BOLOGNA, a matron in Bologna whose husband left her to become a priest with her consent and she devoted herself to bringing up her four children and to the service of the Church and the poor. Her piety and charity were praised by St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December). St. Juliana reposed in 435.
  • LAURENCE OF SIPONTO, also called Laurence Maioranus, was bishop of Siponto in Puglia from 492 until his repose circa 546. He built the church of St. Michael on Mt. Gargano.
  • MELDON (MEDON), a sixth century Irish hermit in Gaul who reposed at Péronne.
  • RICHARD, an English nobleman and father of Ss. Willibald (7th July), Winebald (18th December), and Walburga (25th February), who reposed at Lucca on a pilgrimage to Rome in 720.
  • TRESSAN (TRÉSAIN), a missionary from Ireland who was ordained priest by St. Remigius (1st October) and preached in Mareuil on the Marne, and reposed in 550.

* - 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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