19 July, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
19th July (6th July O.S.):

  • DOMINICA, (Date unknown.) a martyr venerated in Campania who suffered under Diocletian.
  • GOAR, a priest from Aquitaine, who lived as a hermit near Oberwesel on the Rhine, now St. Goar in present-day Germany.   He reposed circa A.D. 575.
  • MONENNA (OR DARERCA), ascetic and Abbess of Sliabh Cuillin in Ireland, who reposed A.D. 518.
  • NOYALA, (Date unknown.) a holy virgin from Britain who was beheaded at Beignan in Brittany.
  • ROMULUS AND COMPANIONS, according to tradition Romulus was ordained by the Apostle Peter (29th June) as first pastor of Fiesole, and was martyred with several companions under Domitian circa A.D. 90.
  • SAXBURGH (SEXBURGA), the daughter of Anna, King of East Anglia, sister of SS. Etheldred (23rd June), Ethelburgh (7th July) and Withburgh (8th July) and half-sister of St. Sethrid (10th January).   She married Erconbert, King of Kent, becoming mother of SS. Ermenhild (13th February) and Ercongotha (21st February).   As Queen she founded the convent of Minster in Sheppey, and when widowed (A.D. 664), she became a nun there, later moving to Ely (A.D. 679), where she became abbess.   St. Saxburgh reposed circa A.D. 699.
  • TRANQUILLINUS, a martyr in Rome (circa A.D. 288), who is connected with St Sebastian.

* - 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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