17 July, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
17th July (4th July O.S.):

  • AURELIAN, a monk and Abbot of Ainay in Lyons, who later served as Archbishop of Lyons.   He reposed A.D. 895.
  • BERTHA, a noblewoman who, following her husband's death, became a nun, and later abbess, at the convent of Blangy in Artois, of which she was the foundress.   She reposed circa A.D. 725.
  • FINBAR, a sixth century Abbot of Innis-Doimhle in Wexford in Ireland.
  • HATTO, a Swabian noble who he donated all his property to the monastery of Ottobeuren and became a monk there, reposing A.D. 985.
  • JUCUNDIAN, (Date unknown.) a martyr in North Africa.
  • LAURIANUS, a native of Pannonia, who was ordained deacon in Milan, and later served as Archbishop of Seville.   He was martyred in Bourges circa A.D. 544.
  • NAMPHAMON AND COMPANIONS, of Carthaginian ancestry, he was martyred (circa A.D. 180?) with several others at Madaura in Numidia in North Africa and called 'the Archmartyr'.
  • PROCOPIUS, ordained in Prague, he later became a hermit and finally founded the monastery of Sazava, reposing A.D. 1053.
  • ULRIC (ULDARICUS, UDALRIC), a native of Augsburg, who at the age of seven was sent to the monastery of St. Gall in Switzerland.   He became Bishop of Augsburg (A.D. 923) and protected his people against the invading Magyars.   He retired to live out his old age as a monk at St. Gall, reposing A.D. 973.   St. Ulric was the first person to be canonised by the Pope of Rome (A.D. 993).

* - 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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