06 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
6th March, (21st February O.S.):

  • ALEXANDER OF ADRUMETUM, martyred with others in North Africa circa 434.
  • AVITUS II OF CLERMONT, bishop of Clermont in Auvergne from 676 until his repose in 689. He was one of the great bishops of his era.
  • ERCONGOTHA, a daughter of King Erconbert of Kent and St. Saxburgh (6th July). She became a nun at Faremoutiers-en-Brie under her aunt, St. Ethelburgh (7th July), but reposed in 660 while still quite young .
  • FELIX OF METZ, second century — was the third Bishop of Metz for over forty years.
  • GERMANUS AND RANDOALD, born in Trier, Germanus became a monk at Remiremont. From there he went to Luxeuil, and later he became Abbot of Granfield in the Val Moutier. Together with another monk, Randoald, he was martyred by the local magnate while interceding on behalf of the poor, circa 677.
  • GUNDEBERT (GUMBERT, GONDELBERT), a bishop of Sens, who left his See and went to the Vosges, where he founded the monastery of Senones circa 660, before reposing circa 676.
  • PATERIUS, a monk, disciple, and friend of St. Gregory the Great (3rd September). He became Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy, and was a prolific writer. He reposed in 606
  • PÉPIN OF LANDEN, Pépin, Duke of Brabant, was the husband of St. Ida (8th May) and the father of St. Gertrude (17th March) of Nivelles and St. Begga (17th December). He was described as 'a lover of peace and the constant defender of truth and justice', and reposed circa 646.
  • SEVERUS AND SIXTY-TWO COMPANIONS, third or fourth century martyrs in Syrmium in Pannonia.
  • VALERIUS, a monk and Abbot of San Pedro de Montes. He reposed in 695, leaving several ascetic writings.
  • VERULUS, SECUNDINUS, SIRICIUS, FELIX, SERVULUS, SATURNINUS, FORTUNATUS AND COMPANIONS, martyrs in North Africa, probably under the Vandals circa 434. Hadrumetum is given as the place of their martyrdom and their number as twenty-six.

* - 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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