03 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
3rd February, (21st January O.S.):

  • AGNES, a virgin martyred in Rome circa 305, at the age of only twelve or thirteen. She suffered and was buried by the Via Nomentana in Rome, where a basilica in her honour has stood since the fourth century. Ss. Ambrose (28th August), Damasus (13th November) and Prudentius (28th April) all sang her praises. St. Agnes is one of the patron-saints of chastity.
  • BRIGID (BRIGA), a sixth century saint known as St. Brigid of Kilbride who is venerated in the area of Lismore in Ireland.
  • EPIPHANIUS, a native of Pavia who was consecrated bishop of that city in 467. During his episcopate Odoacer destroyed Pavia and Epiphanius was largely responsible for rebuilding the city. In 497, while paying the ransom of some of his flock, he caught a fever of which he died.
  • FRUCTUOSUS, AUGURIUS AND EULOGIUS, Fructuosus, Bishop of Tarragoña, and his two deacons, Augurius and Eulogius, were burnt at the stake under Valerian in 259. When the fire had burnt through their restraints, they stretched out their arms in the form of a cross and died.
  • LAWDOG, a sixth century saint, to whom four churches are dedicated near St. David's in Wales.
  • MACCALLIN (MACALLAN), a native of Ireland who went to St. Fursey's shrine in Péronne and entered the monastery of Gorze. He went on to become a hermit, and then Abbot of St Michael's monastery at Thiérache and Waulsort near Dinant, reposing in 978.
  • MEINRAD, a member of the noble Hohenzollern family who became a monk at the monastery of Reichenau on the Rhine. He went on to the monastery of Einsiedeln in present-day Switzerland, where he lived as a hermit for twenty-five years. He was murdered by robbers in 861, and is venerated as a martyr.
  • PATROCLUS, a very wealthy and exceedingly charitable Orthodox in Troyes, who was martyred there circa 275 (or 259). His relics were translated to Soest in Westphalia in 960.
  • PUBLIUS, traditionally identified as the same Publius, 'chief man of the island of Malta', who befriended St. Paul after his shipwreck (Acts 28:7). He became the first Bishop of Malta and later Bishop of Athens, before being martyred under Trajan circa 112.
  • VIMIN (WYNNIN, GWYNNIN), a sixth century bishop in Scotland, who is believed to have founded the monastery of Holywood.

* - 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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