22 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
22nd March, (9th March O.S.):

  • ANTONY, a tenth century monk at Luxeuil who became a hermit in Froidemont in Franche-Comté.
  • BOSA, a monk at Whitby in England, who was consecrated Bishop of York by St. Theodore (19th September). He reposed in 705. St. Bede (25th May) praises St. Bosa as 'A man beloved of God...of most unusual merit and holiness'.
  • CONSTANTINE, a Cornish noble, who after a life of vice, came to repentance in Wales and Ireland. He then went to Scotland as a missionary, where he was put to death by thieves in 576. Two places in Cornwall are named after him.
  • PACIAN, the bishop of Barcelona in Spain from 365 until his repose circa 390. A work he wrote on repentance still exists.

* - 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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