07 October, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
7th October (24th September O.S.):

  • ANATHALON, (first century), the first Bishop of Milan.   He was a disciple of the Apostle Barnabas, who sent him to preach the Gospel in Milan and environs, including Brescia, where he reposed.
  • ANDOCHIUS, THYRSUS AND FELIX, (second century), sent to what is now France by St. Polycarp (23rd February), Andochius, a priest, and Thyrsus, a deacon in Smyrna settled in Autun where they converted their host, Felix. All three were martyred and were venerated throughout Gaul.
  • CHUNIALD AND GISLAR, (seventh century), natives of Ireland who, along with with St. Rupert of Salzburg (27th March), enlightened the south of Germany and Austria.
  • GERARD SAGREDO, Apostle of Hungary, where he is known as St. Collert.   A Venetian who was a monk and Abbot of San Giorgio Maggiore.   Whilst on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he was stopped while travelling through Hungary by King St. Stephen (16th August), and persuaded to stay, becoming the first Bishop of Csanad.   A zealous worker, St. Gerard was was martyred in Buda (A.D. 1046), with his body being thrown into the Danube, during the pagan reaction following the death St. Stephen.
  • GEREMARUS (GERMER), a native of Beauvais in the north of modern-day France, who with the consent of his saintly wife became a monk at the monastery of Pentale, eventually becoming abbot, and later living as a hermit in a cave nearby.   In A.D. 655 he founded the monastery of Flay, between Beauvais and Rouen, which became known as Saint-Germer.   St. Geremarus reposed circa A.D. 658.
  • ISARNUS (YSARN) OF TOULOUSE, a monk and an abbot renowned for his charity, especially towards criminals.   St. Isarnus reposed A.D. 1048.
  • RUSTICUS, the Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne from A.D. 426 until his repose A.D. 446.
  • YSARN, an Abbot of the monastery of St. Victor in Marseilles, which flourished under his rule.   St. Ysarn reposed A.D. 1048.

* - 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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