03 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
3rd March, (18th February O.S.):

  • ANGILBERT, after leaving his worldly life behind, he went on to be a model Abbot to the some 300 monks of St. Riquier in Picardy, reposing in 814.

  • COLMAN OF LINDISFARNE, originally from Connaught, he left his native Ireland to become a monk at Iona in Scotland. In time he was chosen to serve as third Abbot of Lindisfarne in England. He later returned to Ireland, founding a monastery on Innisboffin Island for Irish monks and a monastery for English monks (Mayo of the Saxons), and reposed in 676.
  • ETHELINA (EUDELME), the patron saint of Little Sodbury, in present-day Gloucestershire England.
  • HELLADIUS OF TOLEDO, a native of Toledo who served at the court of the Visigothic Kings. He loved to visit the monastery of Agali (Agallia) near Toledo on the banks of the Tagus. Eventually he became a monk there, and then abbot in 605. In 615 he became Archbishop of Toledo, and reposed in 632.
  • MAXIMUS, CLAUDIUS, PRAEPEDIGNA, ALEXANDER AND CUTIAS, martyrs in Rome who suffered under Diocletian in 295.

* - 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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