21 June, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
21st June (8th June O.S.):

  • BRON, a disciple of St. Patrick (17th March) and Bishop of Cassel-Irra near Sligo in Ireland who reposed circa A.D. 511.
  • CLODULF (CLOU), 605-696.   Son of St. Arnulf (18th July), Bishop of Metz.   He succeeded his father in 656, serving until his repose A.D. 696.
  • EUSTADIOLA, a widow originally from Bourges, who spent her fortune building the convent of Moyenmoutier, where she became a nun and ultimately abbess.   She reposed A.D. 690.
  • GILDARD (GODARD), a Bishop of Rouen who reposed A.D. 514.
  • HERACLIUS OF SENS, the fourteenth Bishop of Sens.   He was present at the baptism of Clovis in the Cathedral in Rheims, and built the monastery of St. John the Evangelist in Sens.   St. Heraclius reposed circa A.D. 515.
  • LEVAN, (Sixth century) Little is known of this Saint, he may have been from Ireland or possibly Wales, but he did spend time in Cornwall and gave his name to St. Levan.
  • MAXIMINUS OF AIX, (First century) traditionally counted as the first Bishop of Aix-en-Provence.
  • MEDARD, a native of Picardy who served as Bishop of Vermand (later Noyon), and then Tournai.   He reposed circa A.D. 558.
  • MELANIA THE ELDER, A Roman aristocrat who, on a visit to the Holy Land, founded a monastery on the Mount of Olives.   She reposed circa A.D. 410.
  • MUIRCHU (MACCUTINUS), a seventh century Irish holy man who wrote Lives of St. Brigid (1st February) and St. Patrick (17th March).
  • SALLUSTIAN, (Date unknown.) a saint honoured in Sardinia for as long as can be recalled.   He has been variously described as a martyr and an anchorite.
  • SEVERINUS, a Bishop of Septempeda, now called after him Sanseverino in the Marches of Ancona.   He and his brother Victorinus (vide infra) distributed their wealth among the poor and became hermits at Montenero, but were compelled to become bishops by Pope Vigilius; Severinus of Septempeda, and Victorinus of Camerino.   Severinus reposed shortly before Septempeda was destroyed by the Ostrogoth Totila, A.D. 550.
  • SYRA (SYRIA), (Seventh century) generally considered to have been the sister of St. Fiacre (30th August) who followed her brother from Ireland to France and lived as an anchoress there.
  • VICTORINUS, an anchorite and Bishop of Camerino, and the brother of St. Severino (vide supra), Bishop of San Severino.   He reposed A.D. 543.

* - 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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