29 April, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
29th April, (16th April O.S.):

  • ELIAS, a monk who, in 1020, became abbot of the Irish monasteries of St. Martin the Great and St. Pantaleon in Cologne in Germany. He reposed in 1042.
  • ENCRATIA (ENCRATIS, ENCRATIDE, ENGRACIA), a virgin who suffered terribly for Orthodoxy in Saragossa, where a church dedicated to her now exists. She was renowned for 'her ardour in suffering for Christ'; and though she is traditionally counted a martyr, she outlived her torments, reposing circa 304.
  • FRUCTUOSUS, a monk and then hermit in the Vierzo Mountains in Spain, where disciples gathered around him. Fructuosus was eventually forced to become Bishop of Dumium and later Archbishop of Braga. He reposed in 665.
  • HERVEUS (HERVÉ) OF TOURS, born in Touraine, he became a monk at the monastery of St. Martin of Tours where he lived as a hermit, reposing in 1021.
  • LAMBERT OF SARAGOSSA, a servant who was martyred near Saragossa by his Saracen master circa 900.
  • PATERNUS (PAIR), (also 23rd September), born in Poitiers, he became a monk at Ansion, then a hermit near Coutances, and lastly he became Bishop of Avranches. St. Paternus reposed circa 574 or 563.
  • THE EIGHTEEN MARTYRS OF SARAGOSSA: OPTATUS, LUPERCUS, SUCCESSUS, MARTIAL, URBAN, JULIA, QUINTILIAN, PUBLIUS, FRONTO, FELIX, CAECILIAN, EVENTIUS, PRIMITIVUS, APODEMIUS AND FOUR NAMED SATURNINUS, Martyred in Saragossa under Diocletian and the prefect Dacian, circa 304. Prudentius, who lived in Saragossa a lifetime later, described their martyrdom.
  • TURIBIUS OF ASTORGA, a bishop of Astorga, known as a valiant defender of Orthodoxy. He reposed circa 460.
  • TURIBIUS OF PALENCIA, the founder of the monastery of Liébana in Asturias, he reposed circa 528.
  • VASIUS (VAISE, VAIZE), a wealthy citizen of Saintes in present-day France who was murdered by his relatives circa 500, for giving his property to the poor.

* - 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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