18 May, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
18th May, (5th May O.S.):

  • BRITO (BRITONIUS), a bishop of Trier, who, although a firm opponent of the Priscillianists, refused to hand them over for punishment by the State. St. Brito reposed in 386.
  • CRESCENTIANA, a fifth century martyr in Rome.
  • ECHA (ETHA), a, anchorite priest at Crayke near York in England who reposed in 767.
  • GERUNTIUS OF MILAN, the successor of St. Eusebius (12th August) as Bishop of Milan, he served from circa 465 until his reposed in 470).
  • HILARY,a native of Lorraine who gained a high office in the local administration.   His relative and friend, St. Honoratus (16th January), invited him to the monastery founded in Lérins, where Hilary then received baptism and became a monk.   When St. Honoratus became Bishop of Arles, he took Hilary as his secretary.   St. Hilary succeeded him and was famed for his zeal, reposing in 449.
  • HYDROC, (Fifth century.) The patron saint of Lanhydroc in Cornwall.
  • JOVINIAN, a + c 300.   A companion of St. Peregrinus of Auxerre (16th May), whom he served as a reader.   He is generally believed to have been martyred circa 300.
  • MAURONTUS (MAURONT), the eldest son of Ss. Adalbald (2nd February) and Rictrudis (12th May). He became a monk at Marchiennes, and went on to found a monastery at Breuil-sur-lys near Douai, of which he is the patron-saint. St. Maurontus reposed in 701.
  • NECTARIUS, a bishop of Vienne who reposed circa 445.
  • NICETUS, the fifteenth bishop of Vienne, he reposed circa 449.
  • SACERDOS, a Saint venerated in Murviedro in present-day Spain, who is believed to have been bishop there. He reposed circa 560.
  • SILVANUS, (Date unknown.) a martyr in Rome.
  • THEODORE OF BOLOGNA, the Bishop of Bologna from circa 530 until his repose circa 550.
  • WALDRADA, the first Abbess of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnais in Metz, she reposed circa 620.

* - 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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