26 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
26th March, (13th March O.S.):

  • ANSOVINUS, a native of Camerino in the Marches, who, after living as a hermit at Castel Raimondo near Torcello, became bishop of his native town. His acceptance of the office was conditioned upon his see being exempt from the service of recruiting soldiers, then imposed on most bishops. He reposed in 840.
  • GERALD, an Englishman who followed St. Colman (18th February) from Lindisfarne to Ireland, and became his successor in the English monastery in Mayo. St. Gerald reposed in 732.
  • HELDRAD (ELDRAD), originally from Provence, he spent his fortune on good works, and then went on a pilgrimage to Rome, where he became a monk at the monastery of Novalese. He served as abbot there for thirty years, reposing in 842.
  • KEVOCA (KENNOTHA, QUIVOCA), a seventh century saint honoured in Kyle in Scotland.
  • MOCHOEMOC (MOCHAEMHOG, PULCHERIUS, VULCANIUS), the nephew of St. Ita (15th January), he became a monk at Bangor in Co. Down under St. Comgall (10th May), and later founded Liath-Mochoemoc. St. Mochoemoc reposed circa 656.
  • RAMIRUS AND COMPANIONS, a monk at the monastery of St. Claudio in Leon. Two days after the abbot, St. Vincent (11th September), was martyred, Ramirus and all the other monks were martyred by the Arian Visigoths while they sang the Creed, circa 554 or 630.
  • RUDERICUS (RODERICK) AND SALOMON (SOLOMON), Roderick was a priest in Cabra near Cordoba, who was imprisoned, after being betrayed by his Muslim brother. Whilst in prison he met his fellow-martyr, Salomon. They were both martyred in Cordoba in 857.

* - 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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