15 May, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
15th May, (2nd May O.S.):

  • BERTIN THE YOUNGER, a monk at Sithin in Artois who reposed circa 699.
  • FELIX OF SEVILLE, a deacon who was martyred, in all likelihood, in Seville.
  • GERMANUS, as far as we can tell he was born in Ireland, though he was converted by St. Germanus of Auxerre (31st July) whose name he took.   He was martyred in France circa 460.
  • NEACHTAIN, (Fifth century.) a relative of St. Patrick (17th March), at whose repose he was present.
  • ULTAN, (Seventh century.) the brother of Ss. Fursey (16th January) and Foillan (31st October), and a monk with them at Burgh Castle near Yarmouth in England.   He then went to the Low Countries, where he was welcomed by St Gertrude of Nivelles, serving as a priest in the convent there until he succeeded St. Foillan as Abbot of Fosses and Peronne.
  • VALENTINE, the Bishop of Genoa from circa 295 until his repose in 307.
  • VINDEMIALIS, EUGENE AND LONGINUS, were bishops in North Africa martyred by the Arian Vandal King Hunneric who inflicted horrible tortures on them circa 485.
  • WALDEBERT (WALBERT, GAUBERT), a monk at Luxeuil and around 628, Abbot.   The monastery was very influential and St. Waldebert helped St. Salaberga (22nd September) found a convent in Laon.   He reposed circa 668.
  • WIBORADA (GUIBORAT, WEIBRATH), a Swabian noble, who when her brother became a monk at St. Gall, became an anchoress not far away, where she lived the rest of her life.   She was martyred by invading Hungarians in 925.

* - 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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