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Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints*

9th September

Icon of the Orthodox Saints of the British Isles

  • BETTELIN (BERTRAM), St. Bettelin, a disciple of St. Guthlac of Crowland (11th April), lived at Crowland Abbey as a hermit under Abbot Kenulf. Information about his life is often confused and intertwined with that of St. Bettelin of Staffordshire (10th August). Many sources believe them to be the same saint. There is no means of fixing the precise date of his repose, but it is generally accepted that St. Bettelin of Crowland reposed in the eighth century A.D. His relics were translated to Staffordshire before the destruction of Crowland Abbey by the Danes.

  • HYACINTH, ALEXANDER, AND TIBURTIUS, (Date Unknown), martyrs in the Sabine Hills in present-day Italy.

  • KIERAN (KYRAN), known as ‘The Younger’ to distinguish him from St. Kieran of Saighir (5th March), this St. Kieran was born in the province of Connaught in the west of Ireland. He received monastic tonsure at Clonard Abbey where he was a disciple of St. Finian (12th December), who prophesied that half the monasteries in Ireland would receive their Rule from him. The Law of Kieran, like the monastic Rules of the other great Celtic saints, is austere in the extreme. St. Kieran founded several monasteries, including the famous Clonmacnoise in West Meath on the River Shannon. St. Kieran reposed circa A.D. 549, and is counted amongst the ‘Twelve Apostles of Ireland’.

  • OMER (AUDOMARUS), born near Constance in Switzerland, he received monastic tonsure at Luxeuil and at least twenty years later was consecrated Bishop of Thérouanne in the county of Artois. St. Omer encouraged the foundation of monasteries througout his see, himself helping to found Sithin Abbey (later the Abbey of St. Bertin), around which grew up the town now known as Saint Omer. He reposed circa A.D. 670.

  • OSMANNA (ARGARIARGA), A holy-virgin from Ireland who went to Brittany, where she became an anchoress in a hermitage near Brieuc, reposing circa A.D. 650.

  • WULFHILD, St. Wulfhild was most likely a member of the Anglo-Saxon nobility, and was raised at Wilton Abbey. She desired to enter monastic life; however, she was ardently pursued by King Edgar for betrothal. After repeatedly rebuffing his proposals, St. Wulfhid was able to obtain his permission to receive monastic tonsure, and eventually served simultaneously as Abbess of both Barking Abbey in present-day London, and Horton Abbey in Kent. St. Wulfhild reposed circa A.D. 1000.

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.