08 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
8th February, (26th January O.S.):

  • ALPHONSUS OF ASTORGA, a ninth century bishop of Astorga, who went to live as a simple monk at the monastery of St Stephen de Ribas de Sil in Spanish Galicia.
  • ANSURIUS (ADURI, ASURIUS, ISAURI), a bishop of Orense in Galicia who helped found the monastery of Ribas de Sil. He became bishop in 915, but in 922 became a simple monk at the monastery. After his repose in 925 he was venerated there, together with seven other bishops who had followed his example.
  • ATHANASIUS, is honoured as a bishop in Sorrento.
  • CONAN, an Irishman who became a monk at Iona, and then a bishop in the Isle of Man. He reposed circa 648.
  • PAULA, a Roman lady of noble birth, who married a patrician and had five children, among them St. Eustochium (28th September) and St. Blaesilla (22nd January). Left a widow when she was thirty-two, she presided for twenty years over the sisterhood she had founded in Bethlehem. She also established a guest house for pilgrims there. St. Paula reposed in 404.
  • THEOFRID (THEOFROY), a monk at Luxeuil, who became Abbot of Corbie and later a bishop, repsoing circa 690.

* - 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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