02 May, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
2nd May, (19th April O.S.):

  • ALPHEGE THE MARTYR, a monk at Deerhurst in Gloucestershire, then Abbot of Bath. In 984 he was consecrated Bishop of Winchester, and 1005 he became the thirtieth Archbishop of Canterbury. He was greatly loved by his flock and during the Danish invasion of 1011 was urged to pay a ransom. He refused, was taken prisoner and martyred in Greenwich, the only Orthodox Archbishop of Canterbury to be martyred. His relics were enshrined in St Paul's in London and later translated to Canterbury.
  • CRESCENTIUS, a subdeacon in Florence and a disciple of St. Zenobius (25th May) and St. Ambrose (7th December). He reposed circa 396.
  • GEROLD, a member of the ducal family of Saxony who donated his land to the monastery of Einsiedeln in Swizerland where his two sons, Cuno and Ulric, were monks. He then went to live as a hermit at a village near Mitternach, reposing in 978.
  • URSMAR, Abbot-bishop of the Monastery of Lobbes, and founder of Aulne and Wallers, also in present-day Belgium. He reposed in 713.
  • VINCENT OF COLLIOURE, a martyr in Collioure in Languedoc under Diocletian circa 304.

* - 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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