20 May, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
20th May, (7th May O.S.):

  • DOMITIAN, bishop of Maastricht and Apostle of the Meuse valley.   He reposed circa 560 and his relics were venerated at Huy.
  • JOHN OF BEVERLEY, a native of Harpham in Yorkshire who became a monk at Whitby.   He was consecrated Bishop of Hexham and later served as Bishop of York.   St. John ordained St. Bede (25th May) and founded a monastery at Beverley, reposing in 721.
  • JUVENAL OF BENEVENTO, a Saint of Narni.   He reposed circa 132 and his shrine is in Benevento.
  • PETER OF PAVIA, the Bishop of Pavia during the reign of Luitprand, King of the Lombards.   He reposed circa 735.
  • PLACID (PLACIDUS, PLAIT), an abbot of St. Symphorian in Autun, he reposed circa 675.
  • SERENICUS AND SERENUS, two brothers from a noble family in Spoleto, who became monks and later settled as hermits near the River Sarthe in Gaul.   Serenus remained a hermit until the end of his life, but Serenicus became the abbot of a monastery with some one hundred and forty monks. They are believed to have reposed circa 669.

* - 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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