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

by | 19 Aug, 2017 | Orthodox Western Saints

6th August O.S.

HARDULF, (Seventh Century), the Church of St. Mary and St. Hardulph (C. of E.) in Breedon on the Hill, Leicestershire, commemorates St. Hardulph, about whom we know little else. Though he does not appear in any of the Mediaeval Kalendars, the English Menology avers that St. Hardulph may be the hermit of Breedon mentioned in the ninth century Life of St. Modwenna. Though the traditional feast date for St. Hardulph is 6th August, he is commemorated on the Calendar of the Moscow Patriarchate on 21st August.

HORMISDAS, fifty-second Pope of Rome from 20th July A.D. 514 until his repose 6th August, A.D. 523. The successor to St. Symmachus (19th July), St. Hormisdas spent the majority of his papacy working with Emperor Justin I, and Patriarch John of Cappadocia to end the Acacian Schism.

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”.

JUSTUS and PASTOR, two youths, aged only thirteen and nine, who were scourged and beheaded during the Diocletian persecution at Alcalá in Spain circa A.D. 304. SS. Justus and Pastor are patron saints of both Alcalá and Madrid.

STEPHEN of CARDEÑA and COMPANIONS, Abbot of a monastery near Burgos in Spain. St. Stephen, and his community of two hundred monks were martyred, in their monastery, by a horde of Moors circa A.D. 872.

SIXTUS II (XYSTUS), (on Eastern Calendars 10th August), the twenty-fourth Pope of Rome. He was arrested (A.D. 258) along with his deacons Felicissimus and Agapitus; all of whom were tried and martyred. St. Sixtus’ Archdeacon, Laurence was arrested, tried, and martyred three days later.

19th August N.S.

BADULF (BADOUR, BADOLF), an Abbot of Ainay Abbey, near Lyons in present-day France. He reposed circa A.D. 850. Nothing else is known about him.

BERTULF, as the son of a pagan noble St. Bertulf was raised as a pagan. However, the holy live of his close relative, St. Arnulf of Metz (10th July), so inspired him that he became a Christian. In A.D. 620 he received monastic tonsured at Luxeuil Abbey. Soon after Abbot St. Attalas (10th March) of Bobbio visited Luxeuil, and St. Bertulf and Attal became friends, and with a blessing from Abbot Eustace of Luxeuil, St. Bertulf left Luxeuil, and the community at Bobbio. Following the repose of St. Attala, A.D. 627, Bertulf was elected to be the successor of St. Attala as Abbot of Bobbio. St. Bertulf reposed A.D. 640.

CALMINIUS (CALMILIUS), (Sixth or Seventh Century), the founder of Mozac Abbey, in Puy-de-Dôme; Laguenne Abbey (near Tulle, Corrèze), and the abbey of Monastier-Saint-Chaffre. His widow, St. Namadia (vide infra), received monastic tonsure at Marsat in Puy-de-Dôme, a dependency of Mozac, upon St. Calminius’ repose. The relics of both these saints are enshrined in the abbey church at Mozac.

CREDAN, (Eighth Century), St. Credan served as Abbot of Evesham in Worcestershire, England during the reign of King Offa of Mercia. Though the details of his life are lost to the passage of time, he is remembered in various calendars and menologies.

DONATUS, a hierodeacon from Orléans who lived as a hermit on Mt. Jura near Sisteron in Provence, reposing circa A.D. 535.

ELAPHIUS (ELAPHE), the 17th Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne in Gaul who was sent as an envoy to Spain, but reposed whilst travelling there.

GUENNINUS, a seventh century Bishop of Vannes in Brittany whose relics are enshrined in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Vannes (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Vannes).

JULIUS, (Late Second Century), a Roman senator who was scourged to -death for being a Christian.

LEOVIGILD and CHRISTOPHER, two members of the group of forty-eight martyred in Cordoba under Abd ar-Rahman II between A.D. 851 and 859, and commonly known as the Martyrs of Cordoba. St. Leovigild was a priest-monk in Cordoba, and St. Christopher a monk at the monastery of St. Martin de La Rojana near Cordoba. They were both martyred by decapitation, A.D. 852.

MAGNUS (MAGNE), a governor of Avignon, and father of St. Agricola (2nd September). Following his wife’s death, he received monastic tonsure at Lérins Abbey. He later was consecrated the 34th Bishop of Avignon, appointing his son co-adjutor. St. Magnus reposed A.D. 660

MARIANUS, a hermit in the forest of Entraigues in Berry in Gaul who reposed circa A.D. 515. St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) was the author of St. Marianus’ Life.

MARINUS, Abbot-Bishop of the monastery of St. Peter in Besalu, Catalonia, Spain. St. Marinus reposed circa A.D. 800.

MOCHTA (MOCHTEUS), St. Mochta, originally from either Scotland or England, went to Ireland where he became the founding Abbot-Bishop of Louth, Co. Louth. Many sources state St. Mochta flourished during the sixth century, though most assert he was consecrated Bishop by St. Patrick (17th March), which would place him in the fifth century.

NAMADIA, the wife of St. Calminius (vide supra) who received monastic tonsure at Marsat, a dependency of Mozac, in Puy-de-Dôme, upon St. Calminius’ repose. The relics of both these saints are enshrined in the abbey church at Mozac.

RUFINUS, (Date Unknown), there is no information extant on the life of St. Rufinus, who is listed in the Roman Martyrology as a Confessor. He could have been a priest, and has been venerated in Mantua in Lombardy from time immemorial.

SEBALDUS of NUREMBERG (SINIBALD, SEBALD), There are no certain details of this saint’s life known to us. It is likely he was a Frank, who after a pilgrimage to Rome, joined St. Willibald (7th July) in his evangelisation of the Germans. His work seemed to have centred around the area of Nuremberg, of which city he is the patron saint. St. Sebaldus most probably reposed circa A.D. 770.

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