29 June, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
29th June (16th June O.S.):

  • ACTINEA AND GRAECINA, two fourth century martyrs, Actina was beheaded in Volterra under Diocletian.
  • AURELIAN, Bishop of Arles from A.D. 546 until his repose circa A.D. 550.   He was the founder of two monastic houses, one for monks and one for nuns, and drew up for each a rule, based on that of St. Cæsarius of Arles (27th August).
  • AUREUS, JUSTINA AND COMPANIONS, (Date uncertain.) Aureus was a Bishop of Mainz who was driven from his diocese during an invasion of the Huns, followed by his sister, Justina, and others.   After they returned, he and the others were martyred in church while celebrating the liturgy.
  • BERTHALDUS (BERTAUD), an anchorite in the Ardennes who was ordained priest by St. Remigius (1st October), he reposed circa 540.
  • CETTIN (CETHAGH), (Fifth century) A disciple of St. Patrick (17th March), consecrated Bishop to assist him in his Apostolic labours.
  • COLMAN MCROI, (Sixth century) a deacon who was a disciple of St Columba (9th June), and founder of the church and monastery on Lambay Island, near Dublin in Ireland.
  • CURIG, believed to have been a sixth century Bishop of Llanbadarn in Wales, where several churches are dedicated in his honour.
  • FELIX AND MAURUS, (Sixth century) father and son originally from the Holy Land, who, after a pilgrimage to Rome, lived as hermits at what is now called San Felice near Narni in central Italy.
  • FERREOLUS AND FERRUTIO, brothers from Asia Minor; Ferreolus, a priest, and Ferrutio, a deacon, were sent by St. Irenaeus of Lyons (28th June) to enlighten the area round Besançon.   Their Apostolic labour lasted for thirty years before they were martyred circa A.D. 212.
  • ISMAEL, (Sixth century) a disciple of St. Teio (9th February) in Wales, who consecrated him bishop.
  • SIMILIAN (SAMBIN), the third Bishop of Nantes.   He reposed A.D. 310; St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) testified to his holiness.
  • SIMPLICIUS OF BOURGES, the father of a large family, who was chosen by the local bishops to be Bishop of Bourges.   A staunch defender of the Church against the Arian Visigoths, he reposed A.D. 477.

* - 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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