07 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
7th March, (22nd February O.S.):

  • ELWIN, a sixth century holy man who accompanied St. Breaca (4th June) from Ireland to Cornwall.
  • JOHN THE SAXON, a native of Saxony, who became a monk and was asked by King Alfred to restore monasticism in England after the Danish attacks. He became Abbot of Athelney, reposing in 895.

  • MAXIMIAN OF RAVENNA, consecrated Bishop of Ravenna in Italy in 546, he built the basilica of St. Vitalis, which was dedicated in the presence of the Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora. He is depicted in mosaics standing next to the Emperor, holding a jewelled cross. He reposed circa 556

  • PASCHASIUS, the eleventh bishop of Vienne, he reposed circa 312.
  • RAYNERIUS (RAYNIER), a monk at Beaulieu near Limoges, who reposed circa 967.

* - 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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