01 May, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
1st May, (18th April O.S.):

  • AGIA (AIA, AUSTREGILDIS, AYE), the wife of St. Hidulf of Hainault (23rd June). However, both of them desired the monastic life and, by mutual consent, she entered the convent in Mons. St. Agia reposed circa 714.
  • APOLLONIUS THE APOLOGIST, a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his own slaves and condemned to be beheaded circa 190. His eloquent defence of Orthodoxy, delivered before the Senate at his trial is a priceless document of the Faith. Eusebius has a record of the trial in his The History of the Church.
  • BITHEUS AND GENOCUS, (Sixth century.) two monks who accompanied St. Finian of Clonard (12 December) to Ireland, where they gained a reputation for holiness.
  • CALOCERUS, (Date uncertain.) an officer of the Emperor Hadrian martyred in Brescia.
  • COGITOSUS, an eighth century monk at Kildare in Ireland who is believed to have authored the Life of St. Brigid.
  • COREBUS, a prefect in Messina in Sicily who was converted to Christ by St. Eleutherius (26th May) and martyred under the Emperor Hadrian in 138.
  • DEICOLA (DICUL), (Late seventh century.) An Irishman who preached Christ in Norfolk and Sussex in England. Dickleburgh in Norfolk may be named after him.
  • ELEUTHERIUS AND ANTHIA, Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyria, his mother Anthia and eleven others were martyred in Illyria under Hadrian in 138.
  • LASERIAN (MOLAISSE), the founder of the monastery and bishopric of Leighlin in Ireland. He reposed in 639.
  • PERFECTUS, a priest in Cordoba who was martyred by Muslims on Easter Sunday 851.
  • WICTERP (WIHO, WICHO), abbot of Ellwangen in Swabia. He helped found monasteries at Füssen, Wessobrunn and Kempten, all of which became famous. Later he was consecrated the tenth Bishop of Augsburg, reposing in 749.

* - 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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