14 June, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
14th June, (1st June O.S.):

  • ATTO, a monk at Oña in Spain with St. Enneco (1st June), who later served as Bishop of Oca-Valpuesta.   He reposed circa A.D. 1044.
  • CAPRASIUS, a hermit on the island of Lérins; who was joined by SS. Honoratus (16th January) and Venantius (30th May).   Together, they went to the East to learn from the monasteries there.   St. Venantius reposed in Greece; the other two returned to Lérins, where St. Honoratus founded the monastery of Lérins.   He was later consecrated Bishop of Arles and was succeeded by Caprasius as abbot.   St. Caprasius reposed circa A.D. 430.
  • CLARUS, (Date unknown.) a bishop and martyr in Aquitaine.
  • CRESCENTIAN, a soldier beheaded in Saldo near Città di Castello circa A.D. 287.
  • FELINUS AND GRATIAN, two soldiers in the imperial army who were martyred in Perugia under Decius, A.D. 250.   Their relics were translated to Arona near Milan A.D. 979.
  • FORTUNATUS, a parish priest Spoleto in Umbria, who was famed for his love for the poor.   He reposed circa A.D. 400.
  • GAUDENTIUS OF OSSERO, the Bishop of Ossero in Istria A.D. 1030 — 1032.   In 1042 he left to live as a simple monk in Italy, and reposed A.D. 1044.

  • JUSTIN THE PHILOSOPHER OR JUSTIN MARTYR, born to pagan parents in Nablus, at about the age of thirty he was converted by reading the Scriptures and witnessing the heroism of the martyrs.   His Apologies for the Christian Religion and Dialogue with Trypho are among the most edifying of second-century writings.   He was beheaded in Rome with other Christians, circa A.D. 165.
  • JUVENTIUS, (Date unknown.) a martyr in Rome.
  • PROCULUS, generally believed to have been a Roman officer martyred in Bologna under Diocletian, circa A.D. 304.
  • REVERIANUS, PAUL AND COMPANIONS, Reverianus, a bishop, and Paul, a priest, were enlighteners of Autun and the surrounding area and were martyred, along with with several companions, under Aurelian, A.D. 272.
  • RONAN, (Date uncertain.) an early Cornish bishop, who preached in Cornwall and Brittany.
  • SECUNDUS, a martyr in Amelia in present-day Italy, who was drowned in the Tiber under Diocletian A.D. 304.
  • SIMEON OF TRIER, a native of Syracuse in Sicily, who was educated in Constantinople, Simeon lived as a hermit by the Jordan.   He went on to become a monk in Bethlehem and later lived near Mt. Sinai as a hermit, first in a small cave near the Red Sea and then on the summit of Mt Sinai.   He was then sent by the Abbot of Mt. Sinai to seek alms in Normandy; eventually settling in Trier.   St. Simeon was one of the last great figures linking the Orthodox West with the Orthodox East, and reposed A.D. 1035.
  • WISTAN (WINSTON), a grandson of the King of Mercia, who was murdered at Wistanstow in Shropshire (A.D. 850), and was buried at Repton.   His relics were later enshrined in Evesham.

  • WITE, (Date uncertain.) martyred by the Danes in Dorset in England; her relics still exist in their shrine at Whitchurch Canonicorum: the only ones to have survive in a parish church in England.   She is still honoured by pilgrims her at the shrine and at her holy well at nearby Morcombe Lake.

* - 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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