10 June, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
10th June, (28th May O.S.):

  • CARAUNUS (CERAUNUS, CHERON), (Fifth century) a missionary in Gaul of Roman ancestry who was killed by robbers near Chartres.   A church and monastery were built over his tomb.
  • CRESCENS, DIOSCORIDES, PAUL AND HELLADIUS, Orthodox Christians who were burnt to death in Rome circa A.D. 244.
  • EMILIUS, FELIX, PRIAM AND LUCIAN, (Date unknown.) there are churches are dedicated to these saints in Sardinia.
  • GERMANUS OF PARIS, an abbot who was born near Autun, and later served as Bishop of Paris.   He healed King Childebert I and converted him from an evil life.   The King built the monastery of St. Vincent for him, which is now known as Saint-Germain-des-Prés.   St. Germanus was given the title of 'father of the poor'.   He reposed in 576.
  • JUSTUS OF URGELL, recorded as the first Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia.   He wrote a commentary on the Song of Songs. St. Justus reposed circa A.D. 527.
  • PODIUS, a native of Tuscany, who was Bishop of Florence A.D. 990 until his repose in A.D. 1002.
  • SENATOR, a priest from Milan, who attended the Council of Chalcedon as a young man and later became Archbishop of his native city.   He reposed A.D. 480.

  • WILLIAM OF GELLONE, the second Count of Toulouse, a cousin of Charlemagne and grandson of Charles Martel, who after a career in the military, built a monastery at Gellone in Gaul not far from Aniane which he filled with monks.   He reposed A.D. 812.   Later the monastery was re-named after him: Saint-Guilhem-du-Desert.

* - 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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