23 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
23rd March, (10th March O.S.):

  • ATTALAS, a native of Burgundy, who started his monastic life at Lérins. From there he went to Luxeuil with St. Columbanus (23rd November), whom he followed to Bobbio, helping him to found the monastery there and succeeding him as abbot in 615, and reposing in 627.
  • DROCTOVEUS (DROTTÉ), a disciple of St. Germanus of Paris (28th May), who became Abbot of St. Symphorian in Autun, but was called back to Paris to be the first Abbot of St Vincent and the Holy Cross - afterwards renamed Saint-Germain-des-Prés. He reposed circa 580.
  • EMILIAN (EMINIAN), an Irishman who became a monk, and then Abbot of Lagny. He reposed in 675.
  • FAILBHE THE LITTLE, abbot of Iona for seven years, where he reposed in 754 at the age of eighty.
  • HIMELIN, was a priest (most likely an Irish), who reposed at Vissenaeken near Tirlemont in Flanders on his return from a pilgrimage to Rome circa 750.
  • KESSOG (MACKESSOG), born in Cashel in Tipperary in Ireland, and is said to have been a wonderworker from childhood. He became a missionary and preached in Scotland, where he became a bishop. According to one tradition he was martyred at Bandry circa 560. He is the patron-saint of Lennox.
  • SEDNA, a bishop of Ossory in Ireland, and a friend of St. Lua (4th August). He reposed circa 570
  • SILVESTER, a companion of St. Palladius (7th July) in enlightening Ireland. He reposed circa 420.
  • SIMPLICIUS, a native of Tivoli who was Pope of Rome from 468 until his repose in 483. He upheld the decisions of the Council of Chalcedon against Monophysitism. When the Western Roman Empire collapsed in 476, he also had to deal with the Arian King Odoacer.
  • VICTOR, a martyr in North Africa under Decius.

* - 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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