10 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
10th March, (25th February O.S.):

  • ALDETRUDIS (ADELTRUDIS), the daughter of Ss. Vincent Madelgarus (20th September) and Waldetrudis (9th April), and a niece of St. Aldegund of Maubeuge (30th January). She was entrusted to her aunt's care at this convent, eventually becoming the second abbess, and reposing circa 696.
  • DONATUS, JUSTUS, HERENA AND COMPANIONS, a group of fifty martyrs who suffered in North Africa under Decius during the third century.
  • ETHELBERT (ALBERT) OF KENT, King of Kent, and High King of England, St. Ethelbert protected St. Augustine's (27th May) mission, and may have been baptised by him as early as Pentecost 597. And while he never tried to compel his subjects into becoming Christians, thousands followed his apostolic example. St. Ethelbert reposed in 616.
  • VICTOR, a monk at St. Gall, who became a hermit in the Vosges Mountains in Lorraine where he reposed in 995.

  • WALBURGH (WALBURGA), the sister of Ss. Willibald (7th July) and Winebald (18th December). She became a nun at Wimborne in Dorset in England with St. Tetta (28th September) and later followed St. Lioba (28th September) to Germany. She reposed as Abbess of Heidenheim in 779. Her relics were translated to Eichstätt, and miraculous healings come from the oil which still flows from the rock on which her shrine is placed.

* - 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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