28 April, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
28th April, (15th April O.S.):

  • ANASTASIA AND BASILISSA (VASILISSA), noble Roman ladies who were disciples of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and whose bodies they buried. They were martyred under Nero circa 68.
  • EUTYCHIUS, (Date unknown.) a martyr in Ferentino in Italy.
  • HUNNA, the daughter of a duke and wife of a nobleman in Alsace, who devoted herself to serving the poor women of Strasbourg. She reposed in 679.
  • LAURENTINUS SOSSIUS, a five year-old boy who was martyred on Good Friday in Valrovina near Vicenza in 485.
  • MARO, EUTYCHES AND VICTORINUS, companions of Flavia Domitilla (12th May), whom they accompanied in exile to the island of Ponza. Eventually they returned to Rome and were martyred under Trajan circa 99.
  • MUNDUS (MUNDE, MUND, MOND), an abbot who founded several monasteries in Argyll region of Scotland, reposing circa 962.
  • NIDGER (NIDGAR, NITGAR), an Abbot of Ottobeuren in Bavaria, who served as Bishop of Augsburg, reposing circa 829.
  • PATERNUS (PADARN), (Fifth or sixth century), the principal founder of the monastery of Llanbadarn Fawr (i.e. the great monastery of Padarn) near Aberystwyth in Wales, where he preached the Gospel.
  • PATERNUS (PERN), an early sixth century bishop of Vannes in Brittany.
  • RUADAN (RUADHAN, RODAN), one of St. Finian of Clonard's (12th December) leading disciples, and founder of the monastery of Lothra in Ireland. St. Ruadan reposed in 584.
  • SILVESTER, the second Abbot of Moutier-Saint-Jean (Réome) near Dijon. He reposed circa 625.

* - 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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