02 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
2nd March, (17th February O.S.):

  • DONATUS, SECUNDIAN, ROMULUS AND COMPANIONS, a group of eighty-nine martyrs who suffered under Diocletian in 304. They were martyred in Porto Gruaro, not far from Venice.
  • FAUSTINUS AND COMPANIONS, a group of forty-five martyrs honoured in Rome.
  • FINAN, an Irishman who became a monk at Iona, and succeeded St. Aidan (31st August) in the Northumbrian Church. With St. Cedd (26th October) and others he enlightened parts of the south of England. He reposed in 661.
  • FINTAN, a disciple of St. Columba (9th June), who lived as a hermit in Clonenagh in Leix in Ireland. Before long, numerous disciples attached themselves to this ascetic and he became their abbot. St. Fintan reposed in 603.
  • FORTCHERN, a sixth century bishop of Trim in Ireland, who spent his last years living as a hermit.
  • GUEVROCK (GUEROC, KERRIC), a native of Brittany and disciple of, and successor to, St. Tudwal (30th November) as Abbot of Loc-Kirec during the sixth century. He also helped St. Paul Aurelian (12th March).
  • HABET-DEUS, a bishop of Luna in Tuscany, who, as far as is known was martyred by the Arian Vandals circa 500.
  • LOMAN (LUMAN), one of St. Patrick's (17th March) nephews and the first Bishop of Trim in Meath in Ireland. He reposed circa 450.
  • SILVINUS, a member of court, who gave up his life in the world to preach the Gospel, enlightening the area near Thérouanne in the north of Gaul. After some forty years of unceasing work, during which he paid the ransoms of many slaves, he went to the monastery of Auchy-les-Moines, where he lived the few remaining years of his life as a monk reposing circa 720.

* - 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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