03 May, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
3rd May, (20th April O.S.):

  • CEADWALLA (CADWALLA), A King of Wessex in England, who was a cruel and cunning pagan. He was converted and went to Rome, where he was baptised by Pope Sergius and died in the white robe of baptism in 689.
  • GUNDEBERT, (Eighth century.) the husband of St. Bertha (1st May) and brother of St. Nivard (1st September). He separated from his wife, became a monk, and went to Ireland where he was martyred by heathens.
  • HARDUIN, a monk at Fontenelle, who became a hermit nearby and copied writings of the Fathers. He reposed in 811.
  • HUGH OF ANZY-LE-DUC, born in Poitiers, he became a monk at Saint Savin and went on to restore monastic life in several monasteries. He reposed at Anzy-le-Duc circa 930.
  • MARCELLINUS, VINCENT AND DOMNINUS, native of North Africa who travelled to Gaul where they preached in the Dauphiné. St. Marcellinus was consecrated first Bishop of Embrun by St. Eusebius of Vercelli (2nd August). They reposed circa 374 and their relics are venerated in Digne in the Alps.
  • MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, a monk at the monastery of Ss. Cosmas and Damian in Auxerre who reposed circa 470.
  • SULPICIUS AND SERVILIAN, martyrs in Rome who were beheaded under Trajan circa 117.

* - 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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