27 December, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
27th December (14th December O.S.):

  • AGNELLUS, a hermit and later Abbot of San Gaudioso near Naples.   He is one of the patron-saints of the city and was often seen to free the city from its enemies by the power of the cross.   He reposed circa A.D. 596.
  • FINGAR (GWINNEAR), PHIALA AND COMPANIONS, Fingar and Phiala, brother and sister, left their native Ireland and went to Cornwall, but were martyred with their companions in Hayle near Penzance by pagans.
  • HIBALD (HYGBALD), an abbot in Lincolnshire, who reposed circa A.D. 690, and to whom several churches are dedicated, notably at Hibaldstow.
  • JUSTUS AND ABUNDIUS, martyrs in Spain under Numerian in A.D. 283.   After a futile attempt to burn them at the stake, they were beheaded.
  • MATRONIAN, a native of Milan, he became a hermit.   His relics were enshrined by St. Ambrose (7th December).
  • NICASIUS, EUTROPIA AND COMPANIONS, a bishop of Rheims who was martyred with his sister Eutropia and a number of his clergy and faithful circa A.D. 407.
  • POMPEIUS, a bishop of Pavia who reposed circa A.D. 290.
  • VENANTIUS FORTUNATUS, born near Treviso in the north of Italy, at the age of thirty he settled in Poiters and was ordained.   He was a writer and poet: the hymns Vexilla Regis and Pange Lingua Gloriosa were composed by him; and he was a firend of Queen St. Radegund (13th August).   He became Bishop of Poitiers at the end of the sixth century and reposed circa A.D. 610.

* - 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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