Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
6th December (NS) — 23rd November (OS)
23rd November O.S.
ADALBERT, a monk at Cassoria in the Abruzzi. St. Adalbert later lived as a hermit on Mt. Caramanico near Chieti, attracting so many disciples that he founded the monastery of St. Nicholas for them. St. Adalbert reposed circa 1045.
CLEMENT, fourth Pope of Rome (88 – 97), and one of the Seventy Apostles. St. Clement was consecrated bishop by the Apostle Peter (29th June), is mentioned in Philippians 4:3, and wrote a letter to the Church of Corinth, which is one of the earliest Christian documents extant, apart from the canonical New Testament. St. Clement was martyred circa 101.
Troparion of St. Clement I, Pope of Rome — Tone IV
O God of our Fathers,
always act with kindness towards us;
take not Your mercy from us,
but guide our lives in peace
through the prayers of the hierarchs Clement and Peter.
Kontakion of St. Clement I, Pope of Rome — Tone IV
Unshakeable and godlike towers of the Church,
truly inspired and mighty pillars of the Faith,
all-praised Clement and Peter, protect us all by your prayers.
CLEMENT, (Date Unknown), the first Bishop of Metz, according to tradition he was sent there by the Apostle Peter (29th June).
COLUMBANUS, an Irish monk and later missionary. St. Columbanus received monastic tonsure at the famed Bangor Abbey living there until about the age of 40 when he felt called to missionize foreign lands. Following a brief sojourn in Britain, he and his twelve companions settled in Burgundy, where he founded and served as first Abbot of what became the renowned Luxeuil Abbey. Years later some of the monks from Luxeuil went to Italy where the founded Bobbio Abbey with St. Columbanus as its first Abbot. St. Columbanus reposed circa 616 at Bobbio.
FELICITY (FELICITAS), a wealthy Roman widow, martyred (164) along with her Seven Sons, Januarius, Felix, Philip, Silvanus, Alexander, Vitalius, and Marcial, for publicly confessing Christ, and refusing to take part in pagan rituals.
Troparion of St. Felicitas of Rome — Tone IV
Your holy martyr Felicitas, O Lord,
Through her sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God.
For having Your strength, she laid low her adversaries,
And shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through her intercessions, save our souls!
GREGORY of GIRGENTI (GREGORY AGRIGENTINUS), a native of Sicily who spent a considerable amount of time in Eastern monasteries before ultimately returning to Sicily and being consecrated Bishop of Girgenti, his native town. St. Gregory reposed circa 638.
GUIDO (GUY) of CASAURIA, a monk at Farfa, who later served as Abbot of Cassoria (Casauria) in the Abruzzi. St. Guido reposed circa 1045.
LUCRETIA, a maiden (possibly a nun) who was martyred in Mérida in 306.
PATERNIAN, (Fourth Century), little is known of the life of this Bishop of Fano in The Marches. It is thought, that towards the end of the persecutions under Diocletian, he was able to escape to the mountains.
PAULINUS (POLIN, PEWLIN, PAULHEN), a pupil of St. Illtyd (6th November) St. Paulinus went on to found and serve as first Abbot of Whitland Abbey in Carmarthenshire, south west Wales. At Whitland, St. Paulinus counted SS. David (1st March) and Teio (9th February) amongst his disciples. St. Paulinus reposed at a great age in the first years of the sixth century.
RACHILDIS, an anchoress near St. Wiborada (2nd May) in Saint Gall Switzerland, and disciple of the Abbot of St. Gall. St. Rachildis reposed circa 946.
TRUDO (TRUDON, TRON, TROND, TRUYEN, TRUDJEN), a son of the Count of Haspengouw (English: Hasbein, French: Hesbaye), in Brabant, St. Trudo received monastic tonsure from St. Remaclus (3rd September), was ordained to the priesthood by St. Clodulf of Metz (8th June), then went on to evangelise the area around present-day Sint-Truiden, Belgium. He founded the monastery that the future village of Sint-Truiden grew up around. St. Trudo reposed circa 695.
WILFETRUDIS, a niece of St. Gertrude of Nivelles (17th March), and her successor as Abbess of the Abbey of Nivelles in Brabant. Saint Wilfetrudis reposed circa 670.
6th December N.S.
ASELLA, according to St. Jerome (30th September), who referred to her as “a flower of the Lord”, St. Asella received monastic tonsure at the age of ten, and became a hermitess in Rome at the age of twelve. In time a community evolved around her of which she was the abbess. St. Asella reposed circa 406.
AUXILIUS, ISSERNINUS, and SECUNDINUS, (Fifth Century), it is generally believed that SS. Auxilius and Isserninus accompanied St. Patrick’s (17th March) forming the core of his first group of missionaries to Ireland, and that St. Secuninus either accompanied them or followed soon after. As the success of their mission grew, St. Patrick sent them either to Britain or Gaul to receive episcopal consecration, after which they returned to Ireland.
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”.
DIONYSIA, DATIVA, LEONTIA, TERTIUS, EMILIAN, BONIFACE, and COMPANIONS, a group martyred in 484 in Proconsular Africa, during the reign of the Arian Vandal King Hunneric. According to Victor of Vita, Dionysia, her young child, Majoricus, and her sister Dativa were scourged and then burnt at the stake. Emilian and Tertius were flayed alive. The others met with equally horrible tortures and deaths.
GERTRUDE the ELDER, a widow, and mother of three sons, including St. Adalbald (2nd February), and Sigebert who married the future St. Bertha (4th July). Following the death of her husband, St. Gertrude founded the Abbey of Hamage, in present-day Nord-Pas-de-Calais France, and served as its first Abbess. St. Gertrude reposed in 649.
MAJORICUS, martyred in Proconsular Africa, circa 484, during the reign of the Arian Vandal King Hunneric. His mother, St. Dionysia (26th October), encouraged him while he was being martyred, and then buried in her own house.