22 December, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
22nd December (9th December O.S.):

  • BALDA, the third Abbess of Jouarre.   She reposed in the late seventh century and her relics were enshrined in the church of Nesle-la-Reposte.
  • BUDOC (BUDEAUX), (seventh century), he was born in Brittany, then went to Ireland where he became Abbot of Youghal.   Returning to Brittany, he succeeded SS. Samson and Maglorius as Bishop of Dol.   Several places in Devon and Cornwall are named after him.
  • CYPRIAN, a monk at Périgueux, who ended his life as a hermit on the banks of the Dordogne, reposing in A.D. 586.   St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) wrote the Life of St. Cyprian.
  • ENGUERRAMMUS (ANGILRAM), called 'the Wise', he was born of a humble family and became a monk and Abbot of Saint Riquier.   He reposed in A.D. 1045.
  • ETHELGIVA, the daughter of King Alfred the Great, and first Abbess of Shaftesbury.   She reposed in A.D. 896.
  • LEOCADIA (LOCAIE), a holy virgin in Toledo, who was condemned to death and died in prison under Diocletian circa A.D. 303.
  • PROCULUS, a bishop of Verona.   He was a confessor during the persecution of Diocletian, but reposed in peace circa A.D. 320.
  • RESTITUTUS, a bishop of Carthage in North Africa.
  • SYRUS, (third century), the first Bishop and main patron-saint of Pavia.
  • VALERIA, by tradition she was converted by St. Martial of Limoges (30th June) beheaded.
  • WOLFEIUS, a hermit at St. Benet Hulme in Norfolk, who reposed circa A.D. 1000.

* - 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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