05 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
5th March, (20th February O.S.):

  • BOLCAN (OLCAN), baptised by St. Patrick (17th March), he went on to serve as bishop of Derkan in Ireland, reposing circa 480.
  • COLGAN, called 'the Wise' and 'the Chief Scribe of the Irish', he was abbot of Clonmacnoise in Offaly in Ireland and reposed circa 796.
  • ELEUTHERIUS OF TOURNAI, consecrated bishop of his native city of Tournai in 486, he enlightened the pagan Franks who had settled nearby. He died from wounds inflicted by Arian heretics in 532.
  • EUCHERIUS, a native of Orléans who became a monk at Jumièges near Rouen about 714. In 721 he was consecrated bishop of Orléans, after opposing the theft of church lands by Charles Martel, he was exiled to Cologne in 737. Here he became very popular and so was sent to Liège. He spent the rest of his life at the monastery of St. Trond near Maastricht, reposing in 743.
  • FALCO, the bishop of Maastricht from 495 until his repose in 512.
  • LEO OF CATANIA, known in Sicily as 'St. Leo the Wonderworker'; he was a learned priest in Ravenna who became bishop of Catania, reposing in 787.
  • VALERIUS, the first Bishop of Couserans in Gascony.

* - 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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