26 December, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
26th December (13th December O.S.):

  • ANTIOCHUS, a martyr (circa A.D. 110) on Sulci, a small island near Sardinia, under the Emperor Hadrian.   The island is now also known as Isola di Sant'Antioco.
  • AUTBERT, (late-seventh century), a Bishop of Cambrai-Arras, who encouraged monastic life and founded monasteries including that of St. Vedast (Saint Vaast) in Arras.   Under him Hainault and Flanders became a vast monastic colony.
  • EDBURGH (EDBURGA) OF THANET, A disciple of St. Mildred (13th July), whom she most likely succeeded as Abbess of Minster-in-Thanet in 716.   She was also a friend and correspondent of St Boniface (5th June), and reposed in A.D. 751.
  • EDBURGH (EDBURGA), (seventh century), a nun at Lyminge in Kent.
  • EINHILD (EINHILDIS) AND ROSWINDA, (eighth century), nuns at Hohenburg in Alsace with St. Odilia (vide infra) .   It is most likely that St. Roswinda was St. Odilia's sister.   St. Einhild went on to serve as Abbess of Niedermünster near Hohenburg.
  • JUDOCUS (JUDGANOC, JOSSE), a priest and brother of King Judicäel of Brittany, who, after a pilgrimage to Rome, left Brittany and lived as a hermit in Villiers-Saint-Josse reposing circa A.D. 668.
  • LUCY OF SYRACUSE, a virgin who was martyred at Syracuse in Sicily under Diocletian in A.D. 304.   She is one of the most famous Western virgin-martyrs.   Her relics are preserved in Venice in Italy.
  • ODILIA (OTILIA, OTHILIA), according to tradition St. Ottilia was born blind and for this reason rejected by her family, however, she was adopted by a convent where she miraculously recovered her sight.   She went on to found convents at Hohenburg (now Odilienberg) in Alsace and at Niedermünster, and reposed circa A.D. 720.
  • TASSIO, a duke of Bavaria as well as a great monastic benefactor.   After founding many monasteries and churches, he became a monk at Jumièges, but reposed at Lorsch circa A.D. 794.
  • WIFRED, a monk and abbot of the monastery of St. Victor in Marseilles, who reposed in A.D. 1021.

* - 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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