Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
21st April (NS) — 8th April (OS)

by | 21 Apr, 2017 | Orthodox Western Saints

8th April O.S.


AMANTIUS, the third Bishop of Como, St Amantius was the successor of St. Provinus (8th March). He is credited with the construction of the cathedral in Como, which later bore his name. St. Amantius reposed in A.D. 440.

CONCESSA, (Date Unknown), a martyr venerated from time immemorial at Carthage. Nothing further is known of St. Concessa.

JANUARIUS, MAXIMA, and MACARIA, (Date Unknown), listed in ancient martyrologies as having been martyred in North Africa. No further information on their lives is extant.

PERPETUUS, the Bishop of Tours from circa A.D. 460 until his repose circa A.D. 490. St. Perpetuus is remembered for his dedicated care for the poor, to the point of exhausting his own income, and for rebuilding numerous churches in his Diocese.

REDEMPTUS, a Bishop of Ferentini in present-day Italy who reposed in A.D. 586.

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”.

21st April N.S.

BEUNO, it is almost impossible to disentangle any certain history from the many legends and superstitions about St. Beuno. It seems he was educated at Bangor. St. Beuno then founded monasteries at Llanfeuno in Herefordshire, though his chief mission work seems to have been in Northern Wales, and Llanymynech on the Powys / Shropshire border. St. Beuno reposed circa A.D. 640, and buried at Clynnog Fawr, where his tomb has been long venerated.

CYPRIAN, a Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy who reposed in A.D. 582. St. Cyprian’s relics were later enshrined in the church of San Pietro in Oliveto, Brescia.

FRODULPHUS (FROU), a disciple of St. Medericus (29th August) who received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Martin of Autun. Forced to flee by the invading Saracens, St. Frodulphus settled in Barjon about 100 km / 60 mi to the north-east. He reposed circa A.D. 750.

MAELRUBIUS (MAOLRUBHA), St. Maelrubius was a monk at St. Comgall’s (10th May) monastery at Bangor, who, feeling a missionary calling, went to Iona, and then to work enlightening the north-west coast of Scotland, founding a church at Applecross. According to some accounts St. Maelrubius lived to an advanced age, and may have been martyred by the Danes circa A.D. 720.

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

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