17 May, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
17th May, (4th May O.S.):

  • ANTONY (DU ROCHER), (Sixth century.) the founder of the monastery of Saint Julian in Tours.   He is traditionally thought to have been a disciple of St. Benedict (11th July) and companion of St. Maurus (27th January) in his mission to France, and is called 'du Rocher' because he ended his days as a hermit at a place called le Rocher.
  • CONLETH, a hermit in Old Connell on the River Liffey in Ireland.   St. Brigid (1st February) came to know him and he became the spiritual father of her nuns at Kildare, and later the first bishop of that See.   A metalworker and very skilled as a copyist and illuminator, he reposed circa 519.
  • CUNEGUND, a nun at the convent of Niedermunster in Ratisbon who reposed circa 1052.
  • CURCODOMUS, a third century deacon in Rome who was sent to assist St. Peregrinus (16th May), first Bishop of Auxerre.
  • CYRIACUS (QUIRIACUS), (Date unknown.) a bishop of Ancona in the Marches, who was martyred under Julian the Apostate in the Holy Land.
  • ETHELRED (AILRED), a King of Mercia who abdicated in order to become a monk at Bardney, and later serving as abbot there.   He reposed in 716.
  • FLORIAN, a senior Roman officer in Noricum, present-day Upper Austria who was drowned in the River Enns near Lorsch under Diocletian in 304.   He is the patron-saint of Upper Austria and Poland.
  • GODEHARD (GODARD, GOTHARD), a native of Bavaria who became a monk at Niederaltaich.   He went on to restore monastic life elsewhere.   The monasteries of Tegernsee, Hersfeld and Kremsmünster all received abbots from Niederaltaich.   In 1022 he became Bishop of Hildesheim and did much to spread the Faith reposing in 1038.
  • HILSINDIS, a widowed noblewoman who founded the convent of Thorn on the Marne.   St. Hilsindis reposed in 1028.
  • NEPOTIAN, a nephew of St. Heliodorus (3rd July), Bishop of Altino near Venice.   After leaving his senior position as an officer in the imperial bodyguard he was ordained by his uncle, reposing in 395.
  • PAULINUS OF SINIGAGLIA, a bishop, and now patron-saint of Sinigaglia in present-day Italy. He reposed in 826.
  • PAULINUS, (Date unknown.) a martyr whose relics are enshrined in Cologne.
  • PORPHYRIUS, a priest in Umbria who was beheaded under Decius in 250.
  • SACERDOS (SARDOT, SADROC, SARDOU, SERDON, SERDOT), a native of the Périgord region, who became a monk and in time founded Calabre.   He later became Bishop of Limoges, reposing circa 720.
  • VENERIUS, ordained to the deaconate by St. Ambrose (7th December), he later became Bishop of Milan.   He reposed in 409, and is remembered for his loyal support of St. John Chrysostom.

* - 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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