08 March, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
8th March, (23rd February O.S.):

  • BOSWELL (BOISIL), an abbot of Melrose in Scotland. Ss. Cuthbert (20th March) and Egbert (24th April) were among his monks. He was admired greatly by both of them, as well as by St. Bede the Venerable (25th May). His favourite reading was the Gospel of St. John. St. Boswell reposed circa 661.
  • FELIX OF BRESCIA, for over forty years he served as the twentieth Bishop of Brescia; during which time he was occupied in fighting Arianism, and other heresies. He reposed circa 650.
  • FLORENTIUS OF SEVILLE, a saint who reposed circa 485 and is greatly venerated in Seville, Spain.
  • JURMIN, an East Anglian prince, either the son or nephew of King Anna. When he reposed in 653, his relics were enshrined at Bury St. Edmunds in England.
  • MARTHA, a virgin-martyr beheaded in Astorga under Decius in 251. Her relics are enshrined at Ribas de Sil and Ters.
  • MEDRALD (MÉRALD, MÉRAUT), a monk at Saint-Evroult (Ebrulfus) of Ouche, who went on to serve as abbot of Vendôme, reposing circa 850.
  • MILBURGH, the elder sister of St. Mildred of Minster-in-Thanet (13th July), and the second Abbess of Wenlock. She had the gift of miracles and healing of the blind and lepers, as well as power over birds and the natural world. St. Milburgh reposed in 715.
  • POLYCARP, a priest in Rome who was known for ministering to those in prison for their faith. He reposed in 300.
  • ROMANA, a virgin, born in Rome, who reposed in 324 at the age of eighteen while living as an anchoress in a cave on the banks of the Tiber.
  • SYNCROTAS, ANTIGONUS, RUTILUS, LIBIUS, SENEROTAS AND ROGATIANUS, fourth century martyrs at Syrmium in Pannonia.
  • WILLIGIS, the son of a wheelwright, who became a priest at Hildesheim, and two years later was consecrated archbishop of Mainz. Although a statesman, he was first and foremost a churchman, and always remained humble and charitable to others. St. Willigis reposed in 1011.

* - 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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