07 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
7th February, (25th January O.S.):

  • AMARINUS, an abbot of a monastery in the Vosges, and companion in martyrdom of St. Praejectus (Priest), Bishop of Clermont (vide infra) in 676. The valley of Saint-Amarian in Alsace is named after him.
  • ARTEMAS, a child martyr in Pozzuoli (Puteoli).
  • DWYNWEN, a native of Wales to whom churches are dedicated in Wales and Cornwall. She reposed circa 460, and her holy well and shrine at Llanddwyn in Anglesey were once centres of pilgrimage.
  • EOCHOD, one of St Columba's (9th June) twelve companions, he was chosen to enlighten the Picts in Scotland. He reposed in 597 and is called the Apostle of the Picts of Galloway.
  • MAURUS AND PLACID, were early disciples of St. Benedict (11th July), whose lives are detailed in the second book of The Dialogues of St. Gregory the Great.
  • POPPO, a native of Flanders, who, following a military career, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Rome, and on his return became a monk at St Thierry in Rheims. After two years he moved to Saint-Vannes, and then to Vaast in Arras. He finally became Abbot of Stavelot-Malmédy in Belgium and the monastic revival he insipired soon spread to to Hautmont, Marchiennes, St Maximinus of Trier, and St Vaast in Arras among others. He reposed in 1048.
  • PRAEJECTUS (PRIEST, PREST, PREILS, PRIX), a bishop of Clermont in Auvergne who encouraged monasticism but was murdered by bandits at Volvic in the Vosges in 676.
  • RACHO (RAGNOBERT), a bishop of Autun who reposed circa 660.
  • SIGEBERT, the first Christian King of East Anglia. He introduced Orthodoxy into his kingdom, himself later becoming a monk. He was killed by the pagan King Penda of Mercia in 634 and was venerated as a martyr.
  • THORGYTH (TORTGITH), a nun at the convent of Barking with St. Ethelburgh (11th October). She is described as an outstanding example of patience under suffering.+ c 700.

* - 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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