Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

Writings on Orthodox Christian theology and related miscellanea.

Writings on Orthodox Christian theology and related miscellanea.

Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 10th March


10th March

ATTALAS, a native of Burgundy, who received monastic tonsure at Lérins Abbey. St. Attalas joined St. Columbanus (23rd November) when he left Lérins for Luxeuil, and later to Bobbio, assisting St. Columbanus in the founding of what came to be called the Abbey of St. Columbanus. Following St. Columbanus’ repose in A.D. 615, St. Attalas succeeded him as Abbot serving until his repose in A.D. 627.

DROCTOVEUS (DROTTÉ), a disciple of St. Germanus of Paris (28th May), who became Abbot of St. Symphorian Abbey in Autun. After his elevation to the Episcopacy, St. Germanus appointed St. Droctoveus first Abbot of the Abbey of St Vincent and the Holy Cross, which was later renamed Saint-Germain-des-Prés. St. Droctoveus reposed circa A.D. 580.

EMILIAN (EMINIAN), an Irishman who received monastic tonsure at, and later was Abbot of, the Abbey of St. Peter in Lagny-sur-Marne, near Paris. St. Emilian reposed in A.D. 675.

FAILBHE the LITTLE, Abbot of Iona for seven years, he reposed A.D. 754 at the age of eighty. No further information on this saint is extant.

HIMELIN, was a priest, most likely Irish, who reposed at Vissenaeken near Tirlemont in Flanders circa A.D. 750, as he was returning from a pilgrimage to Rome.

KESSOG (MACKESSOG), St. Kessog is said to have been an Irish prince from Cashel in Tipperary who, even as a child, is said to have worked miracles. St. Kessog left Ireland and became a missionary bishop in Scotland, where he evangelised the Lennox and Southern Perthshire areas until he was martyred (circa A.D. 560). According to one legend, his martyrdom took place at Bandry, where a heap of stones was known as St. Kessog’s Cairn.

SEDNA, St. Sedna was a Bishop of Ossory and Abbot of Seir-Kieran Abbey, both in Ireland. He reposed circa A.D. 570. There is no further information on his life extant.

SILVESTER, a companion of St. Palladius (7th July) in his mission to Ireland. St. Silvester is believed to have reposed circa A.D. 420. No further information on this saint is extant.

SIMPLICIUS, the forty-seventh Pope of Rome, St. Simplicius served as Pope from A.D. 468 until his repose in A.D. 483. While Pope, St. Simplicius was a tenacious defender of the condemnation of the heresy of Monophysitism by the Council of Chalcedon. He also helped the people of Rome as they faced barbarian invaders.

VICTOR, (Date Unknown), a martyr in North Africa during the Decian Persecution. Some martyrologies list several companions, though nothing certain is known.

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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”.

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

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