16 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
16th March, (3rd March O.S.):

  • ANSELM, a nobleman who became a monk and founded one monastery in Fanano near Modena in the Po Valley, and a second one in Nonantola, attaching hospitals and hostels to both. He reposed in 803.
  • ARTHELAIS, one of the patron-saints of Benevento in Italy, where she took refuge after fleeing Constantinople in the sixth century.
  • CALUPAN, a monk at Meallet in Auvergne, who lived as a hermit in a cave, and reposed in 575.
  • CAMILLA, a native of Civitavecchia, who became a disciple of St. Germanus of Auxerre (31st July), where she lived as an anchoress, reposing circa 437.
  • CELE-CHRIST, 'Worshipper of Christ', lived as a hermit for many years, but was ultimately forced to become a bishop in Leinster. He reposed circa 728.
  • CUNEGUND, the wife of Henry II and foundress of the convent of Kaufungen, which she entered on the first anniversary of her husband's death, showing great humility. St. Cunegund reposed in 1039.
  • FELIX, LUCIOLUS, FORTUNATUS, MARCIA AND COMPANIONS, a group of forty martyrs in North Africa.
  • FOILA (FAILE), the sister of St. Colgan (20th February), with whom she is patron-saint of the parishes of Kil-Faile (Kileely) and Kil-Colgan in Galway in Ireland.
  • HEMITERIUS AND CHELEDONIUS, two fourth century martyrs in Calahorra in Old Castile. They are believed to have been soldiers.
  • LAMALISSE, a seventh century hermit in Scotland, who left his name to the islet of Lamlash off the coast of the Isle of Arran in Scotland.
  • NON (NONNA, NONNITA), the mother of St. David of Wales (1st March). It is most likely that she was a member of a ruling family in Dyfed. There is a chapel and a well near her son's Cathedral that still bear her name. Another can be found in Altarnum in Cornwall, where she may have moved and where her relics survived, even though she reposed in Brittany during the fifth century.
  • SACER (MO-SACRA), the seventh century founder of the monastery of Saggard near Dublin in Ireland.
  • TITIAN, of Germanic birth, he served as Bishop of Brescia, and reposed circa 536.
  • WINWALOE, born in Brittany in the sixth century, he became a disciple of St. Budoc (9th December) on Lauren Island and founded the monastery at Landevennec. There are several churches in Cornwall dedicated to him, indicating that the saint had some connection there.

* - 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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