30 April, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
30th April, (17th April O.S.):

  • ANICETUS, of Syrian descent, he was Bishop of Rome from about 152 until his repose in 166. It was during his Pontificate that St. Polycarp of Smyrna visited Rome to settle with him the question of the date of Easter. Anicetus took a firm stand against the Gnostics and may have been martyred.
  • DONNAN (DOUNAN) AND COMPANIONS, St. Donnan was a monk at Iona with St. Columba (9th June) and later founded a monastery on the Island of Eigg in the Inner Hebrides. He and his fifty-two monks were massacred by heathen raiders on Easter Sunday 618.
  • ELIAS, PAUL AND ISIDORE, Elias, an elderly priest in Cordoba, was martyred by the Moors, together with Ss. Paul and Isidore, two of his spiritual children. An eyewitness, St. Eulogius (11th March), wrote an account of their martyrdom.
  • FORTUNATUS AND MARCIAN, (Date uncertain.) Martyrs, perhaps in Antioch, but most probably in North Africa.
  • INNOCENT OF TORTONA, a confessor under Diocletian, he was scourged and just escaped death. He was later ordained priest and became Bishop of Tortona circa 326, reposing circa 350.
  • LANDERICUS (LANDRY), (Seventh century.), the eldest son of Ss. Madelgarus (20th September) and Waldetrudis (9th April). He served as Bishop of Meaux from 641 to 650, but on the repose of his father, succeeded him as Abbot of Soignies.
  • MAPPALICUS AND COMPANIONS, Martyrs in Carthage in North Africa under Decius in 250.
  • PANTAGATHUS, a courtier who later became Bishop of Vienne, reposing in 540.
  • VILLICUS, Bishop of Metz from 543 until his repose in 568, he was known for his great virtue.
  • WANDO (VANDO), a monk and Abbot of Fontenelle, who, as a result of a false accusation was exiled to Troyes but was reinstated after his innocence had been proved. He reposed circa 756.

* - 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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