18 July, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
18th July (5th July O.S.):

  • AGATHO AND TRIPHINA, martyrs in Sicily, circa A.D. 306.
  • EDANA (ETAOIN), (Date unknown.) a patron of parishes in the west of Ireland, who lived near the confluence of the rivers Boyle and Shannon.   A famous holy well bears her name.
  • ERFYL (EURFYL), (Date unknown.) the foundress of the church of Llanerfyl in Powys in Wales.
  • FRAGAN AND GWEN (BLANCHE), (Fifth century) the parents of SS. Winwalöe (3rd March), Jacut and Guithern (8th February), who left Britain after the departure of the Romans.   There are several churches in Brittany dedicated to them.
  • MODWENNA, the successor of St. Hilda (17th November) as Abbess of Whitby in England.   She reposed circa A.D. 695.
  • MODWENNA, a seventh century anchoress and later Abbess of Polesworth in Warwickshire in England.
  • NUMERIAN (MEMORIAN), the son of a wealthy man in Trier, who first became a monk at Remiremont with St. Arnulf (18th July), and then went to the monastery of Luxeuil with St. Waldebert (2nd May), later serving as the Bishop of Trier.   St. Numerian reposed circa A.D. 666.
  • PHILOMENA, a saint venerated in San Severino near Ancona in the Italian Marches, who reposed circa A.D. 500.
  • PROBUS AND GRACE, (Date unknown.) Cornish Saints who are traditionally thought to have been husband and wife.   The church of Tressilian or Probus, is dedicated to them.
  • STEPHEN OF REGGIO, (First century) traditionally believed to have been consecrated the first Bishop of Reggio by the Apostle Paul and martyred under Nero.   He is the primary patron-saint of Reggio.
  • TRIPHINA, (Sixth century) the mother of St. Tremorus (7th November), the infant-martyr.   She spent the latter years of her life in a convent in Brittany.
  • ZÖE (ZOA), though she had a Greek name, she lived in Rome and was married to a high official of the imperial court.   St. Zöe was martyred for the faith circa A.D. 286.

* - 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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