13 July, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
13th July (30th June O.S.):

  • BERTRAND, born in Autun, he met St. Germanus (28th May) in Paris, and later served as Bishop of Le Mans.   St. Bertrand was known for his keen interest in agriculture and wine-growing, and love of the poor.   He reposed A.D. 623.
  • CLOTSINDIS (CLOTSEND), a daughter of SS. Adalbald (2nd February) and Rictrudis (12th May), the foundress of the convent of Marchiennes in the north of France.   Clotsindis succeeded her mother as second abbess, reposing A.D. 714.
  • EMILIANA, (Date unknown.) a virgin-martyr in Rome.
  • ERMENTRUDE (ERENTRUDIS), either a sister or niece of St. Rupert (27th March), Apostle of Austria.   She was the first Abbess of Nonnberg in Salzburg, founded for her by St. Rupert.   St. Ermentrude reposed circa 718.
  • EURGAIN, (Sixth century) the foundress of Cor-Eurgain in Wales, later called Llantwit.
  • PROTOMARTYRS OF ROME, falsely charged by Nero with burning down the city, they were ordered to undergo various cruel deaths; some were covered with the skins of wild beasts and thrown to wild dogs to be torn apart; others were crucified, and when night fell were then used as human torches.   A.D. 64.
  • GAIUS AND LEO, (Date unknown.) martyrs in either North Africa or Rome, Gaius was a priest and Leo a subdeacon.
  • LUCINA, (Date unknown.) an early martyr in Rome.
  • MARCIAN, a Bishop of Pampeluna.   He attended the sixth Council of Toledo in 737, and reposed circa A.D. 757.
  • MARTIAL OF LIMOGES, ALPINIAN AND AUSTRICLINIAN, Martial, the first Bishop of Limoges, and Apostle of the Limousin, together with two of his priests.   There is practically nothing in the way of reliable information extant about these Saints.   The year of their repose is genenerally believed to be circa A.D. 250.
  • OSTIANUS, (Date unknown.) a saint venerated at Viviers in France.

* - 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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