07 May, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
7th May, (24th April O.S.):

  • ALEXANDER AND COMPANIONS, a Greek who was a friend and companion of St. Epipodius of Lyons (22nd April). He was arrested and martyred with thirty-four others in 178.
  • AUTHAIRE (OYE), a seventh century courtier at the palace of King Dagobert I, and father of St. Ouen of Rouen (24th August). He is the patron-saint of the village of La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre where he lived.
  • BOVA (BEUVE, BOVE) AND DODA (DODE), (Seventh century) St. Bova was a sister, and St. Doda a niece of St. Balderic (Baudry) (16th October), the founder of Montfaucon and the convent of St. Peter in Rheims. St. Bova served as the first abbess and was succeeded by St. Doda.
  • DEODATUS (DIÉ), a hermit near Blois in Gaul. He reposed circa 525. Later the town of Saint-Dié grew up around his cell.
  • DYFNAN, a fifth century Welsh Saint who founded a church in Anglesey.
  • EGBERT, a monk at Lindisfarne in England, who moved to Ireland where he lived at Rathelmigisi in Connaught, and prepared several monks to preach the Gospel in Germany. He then went to Iona in Scotland and persuaded the monks to adopt the Orthodox date for Easter. He reposed in 729.
  • GREGORY OF ELVIRA, a bishop of Elvira (present-day Grenada Spain). He was a champion of Orthodoxy against Arianism and one of the few bishops who at the Council of Rimini consistently refused to compromise with them. He reposed in 394.
  • HONORIUS OF BRESCIA, a hermit near Brescia, who was chosen bishop of that city circa 577, reposing circa 586.
  • IVO, (Date unknown.) he is traditionally thought to have been a Persian bishop who became a hermit in Huntingdonshire in England. St. Ives in Huntingdonshire is called after him.
  • MELLITUS, an Abbot of St. Andrew's on the Coelian Hill in Rome who was sent by St. Gregory the Great (3rd September) to England in 601. After spending three years in Kent, he was consecrated Bishop of London, then exiled to France for refusing to give communion to apostates. He was recalled to Kent in 619 to succeed St. Laurence (2nd February) as third Archbishop of Canterbury. St. Mellitus reposed in 624.
  • SABAS AND COMPANIONS, an officer of Gothic ancestry who was martyred with seventy companions in Rome under Aurelian in 272.

* - 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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