24 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
24th February, (11th February O.S.):

  • BENEDICT OF ANIANE, a Visigoth, by name of Witiza who was born in Languedoc. In 773 he became a monk at Saint-Seine near Dijon, and in 779 founded a monastery in Languedoc by a stream called Aniane. He was then asked by the Emperor to oversee monasteries in Languedoc, Provence and Gascony and eventually all those in France and Germany. He reposed in 821.
  • CAEDMON, a Northumbrian, who worked at the monastery of Whitby as a farm-labourer, reposing circa 680. Caedmon was the first Englishman to write Orthodox hymns.
  • CALOCERUS, a disciple of St. Apollinaris (23rd July), whom he succeeded as Bishop of Ravenna. St. Calocerus reposed circa 130.
  • DESIDERATUS (DÉSIRÉ), (also 10th February), the sixth century successor of St. Avitus (21st August) as Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne.
  • DESIDERIUS, a native of Autun, who became Bishop of Vienne. He was a defender of Orthodox values and for this was murdered in 608, at the place now called Saint-Didier-sur-Chalaronne.
  • GOBNATA (GOBNET), a sixth century abbess of a convent in Ballyvourney in Co. Cork in Ireland, where a holy well named after her is still extant.
  • GREGORY II, he was librarian and archivist of the Roman Church when he was chosen Pope in 715. He is famous for encouraging the spreading of the Gospel among the Germanic peoples, to whom he sent Ss. Boniface (5th June) and Corbinian (8th September). He restored several Italian monasteries, notably Montecassino, was an opponent of Iconoclasm and helped slow the progress of the advancing Lombards. St. Gregory reposed in 731.
  • LAZARUS OF MILAN, an archbishop of Milan who defended his flock from the Ostrogoths, and reposed circa 450.
  • MARTYRS OF NORTH-WEST AFRICA, martyrs under Diocletian, circa 303, known as the 'Guardians of the Holy Scriptures' — for preferring martyrdom to giving up the sacred books to be burnt.
  • PRISCUS, CASTRENSIS, TAMMARUS, ROSIUS, HERACLIUS, SECUNDINUS, ADJUTOR, MARK, AUGUSTUS, ELPIDIUS, CANION AND VINDONIUS, (also 1st September), a possibly fifth century bishop in North Africa, who along with his priests was cast adrift in a boat by the Arian Vandals. They reached the south of Italy, where eventually Priscus became Bishop of Capua.
  • SATURNINUS, DATIVUS, FELIX, AMPELIUS, VICTORIA AND COMPANIONS, a group of forty-six martyrs in Albitina in North Africa. Arrested during the liturgy, they were sent to Carthage for questioning. Saturninus was a priest, and with him suffered his four children, Saturninus and Felix, readers, Mary, a virgin, and Hilarion, a young child. Dativus and another Felix were senators. Others from this group, whose identities have remained known to us are: Thelica, Ampelius, Emeritus, Rogatian and Victoria, a holy virgin of undaunted courage. The child Hilarion, when threatened by the magistrates while his companions were being tortured, replied: 'Yes, torture me too; anyhow, I am a Christian'. They all died in prison in 304.
  • SEVERINUS, a native of Burgundy who was an abbot of Agaunum in Valais and reposed circa 507.

* - 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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