25 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
25th March, (12th March O.S.):

  • ALPHEGE THE ELDER, also called 'the Bald'. He became Bishop of Winchester in England in 935, and encouraged many to become monks, notably his relative St. Dunstan (19th May), whom he ordained to the priesthood. He reposed in 951.
  • MAMILIAN (MAXIMILIAN), a martyr in Rome.
  • MAXIMILIAN, a young martyr who refused to do military service, and was therefore executed in 295 at Thebeste in Numidia North Africa.
  • MURA MCFEREDACH (MURAN, MURAMES), a native of Donegal in Ireland who became Abbot of Fahan in Co. Derry. He reposed circa 645, and is the patron-saint of Fahan where his cross still stands.
  • PAUL AURELIAN, born in Wales, he became a monk with Ss. Illtyd (6th November), David (1st March), Samson (28th July), and Gildas (29th January). He lived for a time on Caldey Island, from where he went to Brittany. He established a monastery at Porz-Pol on the Isle of Ouessant, and then went to Ouismor (now Saint-Pol-de-Léon) where he became bishop, reposing circa 575.
  • PETER THE DEACON, disciple, secretary and companion of St. Gregory the Great (3rd September). He reposed circa 605, and is venerated as the patron-saint of Salussola in Italy.

* - 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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