09 February, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
9th February, (27th January O.S.):

  • AVITUS, St. Avitus is venerated in the Canary Islands as their Apostle and first Bishop.
  • CANDIDA, the mother of St. Emerius (vide infra), founder of the monastery of St. Stephen of Bañoles. She reposed as an anchoress near the monastery circa 798.
  • DATIUS, REATRUS (RESTIUS) AND COMPANIONS, AND DATIUS (DATIVUS), JULIAN, VINCENT AND 27 COMPANIONS, two groups of martyrs in North Africa circa 500; the second group suffered under the Arian Vandals.
  • DEVOTA, a virgin-martyr in Corsica who expired on the rack in the persecution of Diocletian in 303. Her relics are in Monaco. She is the patron-saint of both Corsica and Monaco.
  • EMERIUS, son of St. Candida (vide supra) and eighth century founder and first Abbot of St Stephen of Bañoles in Catalonia.
  • GAMELBERT, the sone of a wealth Bavarian family who went to Rome on pilgrimage, was ordained priest. He returned to Bavaria where he served as parish priest of Michaelsbuch for over fifty years, reposing in 800.
  • JULIAN OF LE MANS, (On Eastern Calendars 13th July), a third century saint who is venerated as the first Bishop of Le Mans.
  • JULIAN OF SORA, a Dalmatian who was arrested, tortured and beheaded in Sora in Campania under Antoninus Pius circa 150.
  • LUPUS OF CHÂLONS, a bishop of Châlons-sur-Saône who was famous for his charity to the afflicted. He reposed circa 610.
  • MAURUS (MARIUS, MAY), a founder of a monastery in Bodon who reposed circa 555.
  • NATALIS, a sixth century monastic founder in the north of Ireland who worked with St. Columba (9th June). He was Abbot of Cill, Naile and Daunhinis, and his holy well still exists.
  • THEODORIC II OF ORLEANS, a monk at Saint-Pierre-le-Vif in Sens, who went of to become Bishop of Orleans. He reposed in 1022.
  • VITALIAN, (On Eastern Calendars 23rd July), Pope of Rome from 657 until his repose in 672. He was much troubled by Monothelitism. He consecrated Theodore of Tarsus as Archbishop of Canterbury in 668.

* - 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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