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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 11th May

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ANASTASIUS, a soldier of the Imperial Roman Army martyred 303 at Lérida in Catalonia during the Diocletianic Persecution.

ANTHIMUS, a priest in Rome, very successful in bringing people to Christ. However, when St. Anthimus converted a Prefect, he came to the attention of the authorities. St. Anthimus was arrested and sentenced to be drowned in the Tiber. However, when the sentence was carried out, he was miraculously pulled from the river by an angel. St. Anthimus recommenced his evangelisation, but was soon arrested again, and this time beheaded on the Via Salaria outside of Rome, A.D 303.

EVELLIUS, an advisor to Emperor Nero (r. 54 – 68), who impressed by the faith and patience of martyrs converted to Christianity. He then fled the imperial court and Rome, but was captured and beheaded in Pisa, circa 66.

FREMUND, St. Fremund was an Anglo-Saxon hermit, and perhaps a member of the Royal Family of Mercia. He appears to have been martyred by the Danes in 866. His relics were enshrined at Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England.

GENGULPHUS (GANDOUL, GANGLOFF, GANGULF), a nobleman and courtier in the Burgundian court. St. Gengulphus lived as a hermit in his castle after his wife proved to be a serial adulteress. He was murdered by one of his wife’s paramour 760. Due to the circumstances of his death, and the miracles wrought at his tomb, St. Gengulphus has been honoured as a martyr.

ILLUMINATUS, a late tenth century monk at Abbey of San Mariano in present-day valle Fabiana, San Severino Marche, Italy.

MAJOLUS (MAIEUL), a priest at Lyons, who when chosen to become Bishop of Besançon, fled to the Abbey of St. Peter at Cluny where he received monastic tonsure. When the Abbot, Aymard, became blind, he resigned and St. Majolus was elected Abbot of Cluny. His education and piety lead him to be called upon to advise not just other communities seeking to improve their discipline, as well as secular authorities, especially Emperor Otto. St. Majolus reposed at Sauvigny 994, whilst on his way to Paris.

MAMERTUS, second Archbishop of Vienne, it is believed he is the same person as the Bishop Mammertus who attended the Council of Aries (475). St. Mamertus reposed later that year.

MAXIMUS, BASSUS, and FABIUS, three Christians martyred 304, on the Via Salaria outside Rome during the Diocletianic Persecution.

POSSESSOR, Bishop of Verdun from 470 until his repose circa 485. St. Possessor led his flock during a time of endless waves of Frank, Vandal, and Goth invasions.

PRINCIPIA, a disciple of St. Marcella (31st January) in Rome. St. Principia reposed circa 420.

SISINIUS, DIOCLETIUS, and FLORENTIUS, martyred 303 at Osimo near Ancona during the Diocletianic Persecution.

TUDY (TUDINUS, TEGWIN, THETGO), (Fifth Century), a disciple of St. Brioc (1st May), monk, missionary in Brittany and Cornwall, and finally Abbot of the Abbey of St. Guénolé de Landévennec in Brittany.

WALBERT (VAUBERT), a Duke of Lorraine, and Count of Hainault. St. Walbert was married to St. Bertilia (3rd January) with whom he fathered Waldetrudis (9th April) and Aldegund (30th January). Nothing further seems to be known of his life. St. Walbert reposed circa 678.

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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