27 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
27th March, (14th March O.S.):

  • BONIFACE CURITAN, probably a Roman by birth, he served as bishop of Ross, enlightening the Picts and Scots. He is said to have founded a great many churches, reposing circa 660.
  • DIACONUS, a sixth century deacon in the Marsi in present-day central Italy, whose name is lost to time. He was martyred together with two monks by the Lombards.
  • LEO, a bishop and martyr, perhaps under the Arians, in the Agro Verano.
  • MATILDA (MATHILDIS, MAUD), the wife of the German king Henry the Fowler, she was very generous and founded, among others, the monasteries of Nordhausen, Pöhlde, Engern and Quedlinburg. She was a widow for thirty years and abused by her sons, who stole most of her possessions. St. Matilda reposed in 968
  • PETER AND APHRODISIUS, fifth century martyrs under the Arian Vandals in North Africa.
  • MARTYRS OF ROME, forty-seven martyrs who are traditionally believed to have been baptised by the Apostle Peter. They are said to have suffered in Rome under Nero, all on the same day circa 67.
  • MARTYRS OF VALERIA, two monks in the province of Valeria in present-day Italy who were slain by the Lombards by being hanged on a tree. Although dead, they were heard singing psalms even by their enemies.
  • TALMACH, a seventh century disciple of St. Barr (25th September) at Lough Erc in Ireland and founder of a monastery.

* - 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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