06 May, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
6th May, (23rd April O.S.):

  • ADALBERT (VOITECH), a native of Czechia who served as Bishop of Prague, he became disheartened, and so went to Rome and became a monk. Twice he returned to his former See, both times he had to abandon it. On each occasion he preached in Poland, Prussia and Hungary. He was martyred by the Prussians near Danzig in 997.
  • FELIX, FORTUNATUS AND ACHILLEUS, Felix, a priest, and his two deacons, Fortunatus and Achilleus, were sent by St. Irenaeus of Lyons (28th June) to enlighten the area around Vienne, where they were martyred in 212.
  • GERARD OF TOUL, a native of Cologne who served as Bishop of Toul from 963 until his repose in 994. He rebuilt the Cathedral (though the current Cathedral dates from 1447), and established monasteries with both Greek and Irish monks for the furtherance of the Orthodox Faith.
  • IBAR (IBERIUS, IVOR), (Fifth century.) one of the enlighteners of Ireland. Working with Ss. Kieran (5th March), Ailbe (12th September) and Declan (24th July), he mainly preached in Leinster and Meath.
  • MAROLUS, of Syrian birth, he became Bishop of Milan in Italy in 408, reposing in 423.
  • PUSINNA, (Fifth or sixth century.) a holy virgin in Champagne in France. She had six sisters, all of whom were widely honoured as saints.

* - 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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