28 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
28th February, (15th February O.S.):

  • AGAPE, a virgin-martyr (circa 273) in Terni in Umbria. She was a member of a group of virgins formed by St. Valentine (14th February) into a community.
  • BERACH (BARACHIAS, BERACHIUS), a sixth century Irish saint who was a disciple of St. Kevin (3rd June) and founded a monastery at Clusin-Coirpte in Connaught. He is the patron-saint of Kilbarry near Dublin in Ireland.
  • CRATON AND COMPANIONS, converted to Christ by St. Valentine (14th February), Bishop of Terni, he was martyred in Rome along with his wife and family circa 273.
  • DECOROSUS, bishop of Capua for thirty years, reposing in 695.
  • DOCHOW (DOCHAU, DOGWYN), a Welshman who travelled to Cornwall, where he founded a monastery. He may also have been a bishop, and is believed to have reposed circa 473.
  • DRUTHMAR, a monk at Lorsch, who, in 1014 became Abbot of Corvey in Saxony. He reposed in 1046.
  • FARANNAN, a disciple of St. Columba (9th June) at Iona in Scotland. He later returned to Ireland to lead the life of a hermit at All-Farannan, now Allernan, in Sligo, and reposed circa 590.
  • FAUSTINUS AND JOVITA, two brothers and nobles of Brescia, who were zealous preachers of Orthodoxy, for which they were beheaded in their native city under Hadrian during the second century.
  • FAUSTUS, a sixth century disciple of St. Benedict (11th July) at Montecassino.
  • GEORGIA, a holy virgin and later anchoress near Clermont in Auvergne, who reposed circa 500.
  • QUINIDIUS, a hermit in Aix in Provence, who became Bishop of Vaison, reposing circa 579.
  • SATURNINUS, CASTULUS, MAGNUS AND LUCIUS, disciples of St Valentine, Bishop of Terni, martyred in 273.
  • SEVERUS, a priest from the Abruzzi. St. Gregory the Great (3rd September) relates that he brought a dead man back to life so that he could receive communion and unction. St. Severus reposed circa 530.
  • SIGFRID, a priest-monk, most likely at Glastonbury who went to enlighten Sweden and was based in Vaxjo. He reposed circa 1045 and one of his converts was King Olaf of Sweden.
  • WALFRID (GUALFREDO) DELLA GHERARDESCA, a native of Pisa who married and was father of five sons and one daughter. In later life he joined two other married men in founding the monastery of Palazzuolo and a convent nearby for their wives and Walfrid's daughter. Walfrid was the first abbot and was succeeded by one of his sons. St. Walfrid reposed circa 765.
  • WINAMAN, UNAMAN AND SUNAMAN, monks and nephews of St. Sigfrid (vide supra) whom they followed to Sweden, where they were martyred by pagans circa 1040.

* - 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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