Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
13th December (NS) — 30th November (OS)
30th November O.S.
CASTULUS and EUPREPIS, (Date Unknown), Roman martyrs of whom nothing is known.
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”.
CONSTANTIUS, (Fifth Century), a Roman priest who suffered under Pelagians of whom he was a staunch opponent.
TROJAN (TROYEN), an early sixth century Bishop of Saintes. St. Trojan is remembered as a man of great piety and fervour, was blessed with the gifts of prophecy and heavenly visions, and was revered as a saint even before his repose in 533.
TUDWAL (TUGDUAL), a Welsh monk who went to Brittany and was later consecrated Bishop of Tréguier under the patronage of King Childebert I. St. Tudwal reposed circa 564. There are several places on the Lleyn Peninsula in Gwynedd.
13th December N.S.
ANTIOCHUS, a martyr (circa 110) for whom the town and island of Sant’Antioco in Sardina are named. St. Antiochus was apparently a traveling physician and evangelist, arrested during the reign of Hadrian. He was sentenced to forced labour on the island of Sulci, now Sant’Antioco, and eventually beaten to death as an example for the other prisoners.
AUTBERT, a (possibly the seventh) Bishop of Cambrai-Arras in late seventh century St. Aubert had received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul of Luxeuil, and prior to episcopal consecration founded the Abbey of St. Vaast in Arras, Pas-de-Calais.
EDBURGH (EDBURGA), a seventh century nun at Lyminge in Kent, England. Nothing further is known of her life.
EDBURGH (EDBURGA) of THANET, the only daughter of King Centwine and Queen Engyth of Wessex. She received Monastic Tonsure at Minster-in-Thanet and became a disciple of St. Mildred of Thanet (13th July), whom she succeeded as Abbess in 716, ruling Minster-in-Thanet until her repose in 751.
EINHILD (EINHILDIS) and ROSWINDA, (Eighth Century), nuns at Hohenburg Abbey in Alsace. St. Einhild went on to serve as Abbess of Niedermünster near Hohenburg. St. Roswinda, was St. Odilia’s (vide infra) sister, who was also at Hohenburg Abbey.
JUDOCUS (JUDDOC, JOSSE, JOOST), a member of the Bretton nobility, and either the son or brother of King St. Judicäel of Brittany (17th December). Following a pilgrimage to Rome, St. Judocus renounced his title, was ordained to the priesthood, and then spent the rest of his life as a hermit where the commune of Saint-Josse-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France is located today. St. Judocus reposed circa 668.
LUCY of SYRACUSE, a young Christian maiden whose mother had betrothed her to a pagan man. When St. Lucy rejected her bridegroom, he denounced her to the governor of Sicily who had her arrested. St. Lucy was subjected to torture which included her eyes being gouged out, she was then surrounded by wood which was set alight, however, the fire extinguished itself, and she was stabbed to death.
Troparion of St. Lucy of Syracuse — Tone V
Wearing the radiant cloak of virginity
And being betrothed to the Lifegiver Christ
You forsook the love of your earthly betrothed
O Lucy Virgin-Martyr
Therefore as a bridal gift
You have brought to Christ the outpouring of your blood
You also intercede to Him for us all!
ODILIA (OTILIA, OTHILIA), said to have been born blind and rejected by her noble family, St. Odilia was adopted by a monastery where tradition says her sight was restored as she received the sacrament of baptism. St. Odilia was the foundress of Hohenburg Abbey, where she was later joined by her sister, St. Roswinda (vide supra). St. Odilia reposed circa 720.
TASSIO, a Bavarian duke, and founder and endower of many monasteries and churches. St. Tassio retired to live his later life as a monk at Jumièges Abbey in Normandy, and reposed circa 794.
WIFRED, a monk and later Abbot of the Abbey of St. Victor of Marseilles.
St. Wifred reposed in 1021.