25 April, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
25th April, (12th April O.S.):

  • ALFERIUS, (ALPHERIUS, ADALFERICUS), born in Salerno of Norman ancestry, he was sent as an ambassador to France. There he fell ill and became a monk. When the Duke of Salerno asked for his return, Alferius settled at Mt. Fenestra near Salerno, founding the monastery of La Cava which became very influential in the south of Italy. He reposed in 1050.
  • CONSTANTINE, the first Bishop of Gap, reposing in 529.
  • DAMIAN, a bishop of Pavia in Lombardy, who vigorously opposed Monothelitism. He reposed in 710.
  • ERKEMBODEN, a monk at Sithin in Saint-Omer, and successor to the founder, St. Bertin (5th September), as abbot. He went on to serve as Bishop of Thérouanne for twenty-six years, reposing in 714.
  • JULIUS I, Pope of Rome from 337 until his repose in 352. He defended St. Athanasius against his Arian accusers and also built many churches.
  • TETRICUS, an abbot of the monastery of St. Germanus in Auxerre who later became Bishop of Auxerre by popular acclamation. He was murdered in his sleep in 707.
  • VICTOR, a catechumen martyred in Braga in Portugal under Diocletian circa 300, thus baptised in his own blood.
  • VISSIA, a virgin-martyr in Fermo near Ancona in Italy under Decius circa 250.
  • WIGBERT, an Englishman who became a disciple of St. Egbert (24th April) in Ireland. He spent two years in Friesland, but later returned to Ireland, reposing there in 690.
  • ZENO, originally from North Africa, he became Bishop of Verona at the time of Julian the Apostate. He was remembered as a fervent pastor and a fierce opponent of Arianism. St. Zeno reposed in 371.

* - 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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