Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
19th April (NS) — 6th April (OS)

by | 19 Apr, 2017 | Orthodox Western Saints

6th April O.S.


BERTHANC (BERCHAN), According to all of the Scottish Kalendars, St. Berthanc is said to have spent his youth at Iona, and was later a Bishop of Kirkwall in the Orkneys. It appears that he reposed in Ireland circa A.D. 840, and his tomb is listed as being at Inishmore on the Bay of Galway, perhaps explaining the occasional surname of Fer-da-Leithe (man of two halves).

BRYCHAN of BRYCHEINIOG (BRYCHAN of BRECKNOCK), (Date Unknown), the holy and right-believing King Brychan of Brycheiniog (Brychan of Brecknock) is famous for fathering twenty-four children (by three wives). All his children became saints, as did some of their children. St. Brychan was a great patron of the Church and observer of Her teachings, and was considered a good king by his people. As he entered old age St. Brychan abdicated his throne in favour of his eldest son and retired to Ynys Brychan (possibly Lundy Island – off the coast of Devon, England) to live as a hermit, where he reposed and was buried at an advanced age.

CELESTINE (I), (on Eastern Calendars 8th April), unanimously elected fourty-third Pope of Rome in A.D. 422, St. Celestine focused much of his time as Pope defending orthodox Christianity from numerous heresies of the era. In addition to his opposition to the Manichaeans, Donatists, and Noviatians, St. Celestine sent St. Germanus of Auxerre (31st July {#GermanusA} to Britain to combat Pelagianism, later writing a treatise against semi-Pelagianism. He sent legates to the Third Ecumenical Council in Ephesus (A.D. 431), at which the heresies of Nestorianism and Pelagianism were condemned. Following the Council, St. Celestine excommunicated Nestorius and deposed him. St. Celestine also sent SS. Palladius (7th July) and Patrick (17th March) to evangelise the Scots and Irish. St. Celestine reposed in A.D. 432.

ELSTAN, a disciple of St. Ethelwold (1st August) at Abingdon Abbey (St. Mary’s Abbey in Abingdon; then Berkshire, now Oxfordshire), in England. He was renowned as a model of obedience, and succeeded St. Ethelwold as Abbot of Abingdon. St. Elstan was later was consecrated Bishop of Winchester. He reposed A.D. 981 and was buried at Abingdon.

GENNARD, he received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Peter (later the Abbey of St Wandrille) in Fontenelle, Normandy, where he was a disciple of St. Wandrille (22nd July). St. Gennard later served as Abbot of Flay (later Saint-Germer-de-Fly Abbey) in Picardy. He returned to Fontenelle to spend his last few years as a hermit. St. Gennard reposed in A.D. 720.

MARCELLINUS, an imperial representative sent by Emperor Honorius (r. A.D. 393 – 423) to enforce the edict, and decision of the Council of Carthage of A.D. 418 against the Donatist heresy in Africa Proconsularis. The zeal with which St. Marcellinus carried out these rulings so infuriated the Donatist leadership that they falsely accused St. Marcellinus of complicity with their rebels. As a result, St. Marcellinus was arrested and put to death without a trial in A.D. 413. St. Marcellinus was a great friend of St. Augustine of Hippo (28th August), and dedicated his book City of God to him.

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”.

MARTYRS of SIRMIUM, (Fourth Century), a group of Christians martyred in Sirmium, Pannonia (present-day Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). Nothing is known of them besides their names: Florentius, Geminianus, Moderata, Romana, Rufina, Saturus, and Secundus.

NOTKER BALBULUS, a monk at the Abbey of St. Gall in present-day Switzerland, St. Notker had a speech impediment that earned him the nickname Balbulus, (the Stammerer). He was a great musician, best remembered for his Liber Hymnorum, a compilation of Sequences used in the Latin Liturgy, and credited by many for the actual introduction of Sequences to the Latin Liturgy. St. Notker reposed in A.D. 912.

PRUDENTIUS GALINDO (PRUDENTIUS of TROYES), as a young man he fled from the Saracens in his native Spain, to Francia where he served the court of King Louis the Pious. In his middle ages St. Prudentius dedicated his life to the church, becoming a monk and in A.D. 845 was consecrated thirty-fifth Bishop of Troyes. He served that See until his repose in A.D. 861. St. Prudentius is also remembered for his historically important work on Annales Bertiniani (Annals of Saint Bertin), as well as his writings, including a treatise against John Scotus Erigena De prædestinatione contra Johannem Scotum, and Epistola tractoria ad Wenilonem, in which he defends his own theory of predestination.

ULCHED (ULCHAD, YLCHED), (Date Unknown), a Welsh saint for whom the church of Llechulched in Anglesey is named. There is no further information on his life extant.

URBAN, an abbot of the Monastery of Santiago de Peñalba in the Kingdom of León (in present-day Spain). St Urban reposed circa A.D. 940.

WINEBALD (VINEBAUD), an Abbot of Saint-Loup-de-Troyes. He reposed circa A.D. 650.

19th April N.S.


Icon of St. Alphege the Martyr

Icon of St. Alphege the Martyr

ALPHEGE the MARTYR, St. Alphege was the founding-Abbot of an unnamed monastery at Bath. In A.D. 984, he succeeded St. Ethelwold (1st August) as Bishop of Winchester, and in A.D. 1006 he was consecrated thirtieth Archbishop of Canterbury. St. Alphege was murdered by the Danes (circa A.D. 1012) during a drunken feast because he would not ransom himself at the expense of his poor tenants, and was therefore regarded as a martyr, the only Orthodox Archbishop of Canterbury to have been martyred. His relics were enshrined in St. Paul’s in London and later in Canterbury.

CRESCENTIUS, a sub-deacon and disciple of the first Bishop of Florence, St. Zenobius (25th May), and student of St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December). St. Crescentius reposed circa A.D. 396.

GEROLD, a member of the ducal family of Saxony who donated his land to the Abbey of Our Lady of the Hermits of Einsiedeln in Switzerland where his two sons, Cuno and Ulric, were monks. Following the example of St. Meinrad (21st January) the founder of Einsiedeln, St. Gerold became a hermit in the Tyrol, under the obedience of the Abbot of Einsiedeln. St. Gerold reposed in A.D. 978.

URSMAR, Abbot-Bishop of the Abbey of St. Peter of Lobbes, and spiritual father of St. Dodo (1st October). St. Ursmar also assisted in the founding of abbeys at Aulne and Wallers-en-Fagne in Hainaut. St. Ursmar reposed in A.D. 713.

VINCENT of COLLIOURE, martyred at Collioure in Languedoc circa A.D. 304, during the Diocletianic Persecution.

Details of British Saints excerpted from Orthodox Saints of the British Isles.
Details of continental saints from these sources.

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