05 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
5th February, (23rd January O.S.):

  • AMASIUS, a Greek who, having been driven from the East by the Arians, became second Bishop of Teano in 346, he reposed in 356.
  • COLMAN OF LISMORE, an abbot of Lismore in Ireland, as well as a bishop who reposed circa 702.
  • EMERENTIANA, while still only a catechumen, this foster-sister of St. Agnes (21st January) was found by pagans praying at the tomb of the recently martyred Agnes and was stoned to death circa 305.
  • ILDEPHONSUS, a nephew of St. Eugene of Toledo (13th November). He knew St. Isidore of Seville (4th April) and became a monk and then Abbot of Agli on the Tagus near Toledo. He was consecrated Archbishop of Toledo in 657. He excelled as a writer, especially on the Mother of God, and reposed in 667.
  • LUFTHILD, a saint honoured near Cologne, where she lived as an anchoress, reposing circa 850.
  • MAIMBOD, an Irishman who was martyred by pagans while preaching to peasants near Kaltenbrunn in Alsace circa 880.
  • MARTYRIUS (MARTORY), a sixth century hermit in the Abruzzi.
  • ORMOND (ARMAND), a sixth century monk of the monastery of Saint Mairé in present-day France. He later served as its abbot.
  • SEVERIAN AND AQUILA, a husband and wife who were martyred in Julia Caesarea in Mauritania in North Africa.

* - 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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