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Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints*

20th January

Icon of the Orthodox Saints of the British Isles

  • AGATHO, (On Western Calendars 10th January), Pope of Rome from A.D. 678 until his repose in A.D. 681. Originally from Palermo in Sicily, he called for the holding of the Sixth Œcumenical Council in Constantinople in A.D. 680 against Monothelitism.

  • FABIAN, (on Eastern Calendars 5th August), Fabian succeeded St. Antherus (3rd January) as Pope of Rome in A.D. 236, and was martyred in A.D. 250 under Decius. According to St. Cyprian (16th September), he was an 'incomparable man' and that the glory of his death matched the purity and goodness of his life.

  • FECHIN, a native of Co. Sligo in Connaught and the founder of several monasteries in that region; St. Fechin is principally remembered for founding the monastery at Fore (Fobar), Co. Westmeath. Ecclefechan and St. Vigean’s near Arbroath in Scotland also perpetuate his memory. He is said to have lived a life of extraordinary penance, spending his nights reciting the entire Psalter. St. Fechin reposed circa A.D. 665.

  • MAURUS, a monk, and later, Abbot of Classe in Ravenna. When he was later consecrated Bishop of Cesena, he built a cell on a hill near the city, where he spent part of his time in prayer. Following his repose in A.D. 946, the cell grew into the monastery of Santa Maria del Monte.

  • MOLAGGA (LAICIN), though there are several Saints of the same name (most Irish hagiographers count at least twelve), and it is often difficult to disentangle their Lives, it is believed this St. Molagga was a disciple of St. David of Wales (1st March). Returning to his native Ireland, he founded a monastery at what is now Fermoy (Irish: Mainistir Fhear Maí, meaning “monastery of the Men of the Plain”) Co. Cork. He was distinguished for his exceptional learning and piety as well as his Christian charity. St. Molagga seems to have survived the Great Pestilence of A.D. 664, reposing circa A.D. 655, and is greatly venerated in the South of Ireland.

  • Icon of St. Sebastian

  • SEBASTIAN, one of the most illustrious of all the martyrs of Rome. An officer in the imperial army and, it seems, a favourite of Diocletian. Nevertheless, when he was found to be Orthodox no mercy was shown him. He was tied to a tree and his body was made a target for Roman archers then he was martyred with clubs. His church is one of the seven main churches in Rome. His martyrdom is thought to have been circa A.D. 288.

By: Dr. John Hutchison-HallGoogle+

* - 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."

A note on dates: The dates are according to the Church calendar.  If the reader uses the Revised Julian or “New” Calendar then the dates will coincide with the civil date.  For those readers who follow the traditional Julian or “Old” Calendar, the dates are thirteen days behind the civil calendar i.e. the listing for 1st January corresponds to 14th January civil date.