Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 30th May

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ANASTASIUS, commonly called St. Anastasius II to distinguish him from a fourth century predecessor of the same name. St. Anastasius was a convert to orthodox Christianity from Arianism, who was consecrated Bishop of Pavia in Lombardy 668. As Bishop, St. Anastasius was noted his dedication to the purity of the Faith, and his skill as a pastor to his flock. He reposed 668.

EXUPERANTIUS, the nineteenth Bishop of Ravenna, St. Exuperantius served for twenty years until his repose 418. He is remembered not just for his spiritual care of his flock, but his great charity as well.

FELIX I, succeeding St. Dionysius (26th December) as the twenty-sixth Pope of Rome in 269. St. Felix is believed to have been the Pope who sanctioned the practice of celebrating anniversary Masses at the graves of martyrs, and/or decreed that Mass must always be celebrated over the relics of martyrs. He was also the first to condemn the heretical teachings of Paul of Samosata. St. Felix reposed 274.

GABINUS (GAVINO) and CRISPULUS (MARTYRS of TORRES), missionaries in Sardinia who were martyred circa 130, during the persecutions under Emperor Hadrian (r. 117 – 138).

Crypt of SS. Gabinus and Crispulus, Porto Torres, Sardinia

Crypt of SS. Gabinus and Crispulus, Porto Torres, Sardinia

GAMO, there is no information on St. Gamo extant beyond that he flourished in the eighth century and was an Abbot of the Abbey at Brétigny near Noyon in Picardy.

HUBERT (HUGBERT) of BRÉTIGNY, though his family disapproved of it, and his young age of twelve years, St. Hubert received monastic tonsure at the Abbey at Brétigny near Noyon. He reposed circa 714.

MADELGISILUS (MAUGUILLE), a disciple and close aid of St. Fursey (16th January). St. Madelgisilus was an Irish monk who spent several years at St. Riquier Abbey. He then left the Abbey to spend the rest of his days as a hermit in Picardy. St. Madelgisilus reposed circa 655.

VENANTIUS, the elder brother of St. Honoratus (16th January). St. Venantius lived as a hermit on an island off the Côte d’Azur, as well as living and studying in monastic communities in Greece, Egypt, and Palestine. St. Venantius reposed circa 400.

WALSTAN, a farm labourer in Norfolk, England, who lived an austere life filled with prayer. He was renowned for his charity and upon his repose in 1016 was immediately venerated as a saint by his contemporaries.

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”.

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