09 July, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
9th July (26th June O.S.):

  • BARBOLENUS, a monk at Luxeuil who went on to serve as the first Abbot of St. Peter's, later St. Maur-des-Fossés, in the north of France.   He reposed circa A.D. 677.
  • CORBICAN, (Eighth century) an Irishman who lived as an anchorite in Frisia, and was known for helping simple people.
  • HERMOGIUS, the founder of the monastery of Labrugia in Galicia (A.D. 915), who was taken prisoner by the Moors and taken to Cordoba, but was later freed.   His nephew, St. Pelagius (vide infra), was kept as a hostage.   St. Hermogius reposed circa A.D. 942.
  • JOHN AND PAUL, (Date unknown.) two Martyrs who suffered in Rome.
  • MAXENTIUS (MAIXENT), a monk at a monastery in Poitou, now called Saint-Maixent, where he later served as abbot.   He was held in high esteem by the local population, whom he protected from the invading barbarians.   St. Maxentius reposed A.D. 515.
  • PELAGIUS (PELAYO), a youth and nephew of St. Hermogius (vide supra) who was left as a hostage with the Moors in Cordoba.   He was offered freedom and other rewards if he would accept Islam.   For three years he steadfastly refused to renounce the True Faith, finally he was tortured, which he endured for six hours before finally reposing (A.D. 925).   His relics were transferred to Leon (A.D. 967) and Oviedo (A.D. 985).
  • PERSEVERANDA (PECINNA, PEZAINE), a holy virgin from Spain who, with her sisters Macrina and Columba, travelled to Poitiers where they founded a convent.   While fleeing from a robber, Perseveranda died at a place called after her, Sainte-Pezaine, circa A.D. 726.
  • SALVIUS AND SUPERIUS, Salvius was a bishop near Angouleme in France who was sent to Valenciennes to enlighten the Flemish.   The greed of a noble led to his death (circa A.D. 768) and he was hastily buried beneath a martyred companion.   When the relics were discovered his anonymous companion was found first and thus called 'Superius'.
  • VIGILIUS, a Roman noble who studied in Athens, and then became Bishop of Trent, where he more or less succeeded in uprooting paganism.   He was stoned to death in the Val di Rendena for overturning a statue of Saturn, A.D. 405.

* - 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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