11 June, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
11th June, (29th May O.S.):

  • ELEUTHERIUS, (Date uncertain.) a pilgrim, believed to have been from England and the brother of SS. Grimbald (8th July) and Fulk (22nd May) (though there are potentially some chronological difficulties with this tradition), who died in Rocca d'Arce in the south of present-day Italy.   He is venerated as the main patron-saint there.
  • GERALD, a monk at Brou in present-day France, who served as Bishop of Mâcon for forty years, before returning to his monastery and reposing there A.D. 927.
  • JOHN DE ATARES, a hermit in the Pyrenees who reposed circa A.D. 750.   He lived beneath a huge boulder, where the monastery of St. John de la Peña (of the boulder) was later built.   The monastery became the cradle of the Kingdoms of Navarre and Aragon.
  • MAXIMINUS OF TRIER, a native of Silly near Poitiers, and a brother of St. Maxentius of Poitiers (26th June).   In A.D. 333 he was consecrated Bishop of Trier, and was the valiant defender and host of SS. Athanasius of Alexandria and Paul the Confessor, exiled by the Arian Emperor.   He was a prominent opponent of Arianism at the Councils of Milan, Sardica and Cologne and one of the most courageous bishops of his time.   St. Maximinus reposed circa 349.
  • MAXIMUS, a sixth century bishop of Verona.
  • RESTITUTUS, a martyr in Rome under Diocletian circa A.D. 299.
  • SISINIUS, MARTYRIUS AND ALEXANDER, believed to have originally been from Cappadocia, they were received by St. Vigilius (26th June) of Trent on the recommendation of St. Ambrose (7th December).   They were sent to enlighten the Tyrol in Austria where they were martyred by pagans A.D. 397.
  • ULRIC OF EINSIEDELN, the son of St. Gerold (19th June), who became a monk at the monastery of Einsiedeln.   After his father's death he retired to live as a hermit in the latter's cell, reposing circa A.D. 978.
  • VOTUS, FELIX AND JOHN, Votus and Felix were brothers from Saragossa, who found a hermitage in the Pyrenees which was inhabited by John (vide supra).   The three lived together, reposing at about the same time (circa A.D. 750).   The hermitage was situated beneath a huge boulder (peña in Spanish), where the monastery of St. John de la Peña later grew up.

* - 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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