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 — 16th March

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ABBAN, (Fifth Century), a nephew of St. Ibar (23rd April), and contemporary of St. Patrick (17th March), St. Abban founded Kill-Abban Abbey in Leinster. No further information on this saint is extant.

AGAPITUS (AGAPETUS), a third or fourth century A.D. Bishop of Ravenna.

DENTLIN (DENTELIN, DENAIN), (Seventh Century), the son of St. Vincent Madelgarus (20th September) and St. Waldetrudis (9th April), and brother of SS. Landry (17th April), Adeltrudis (25th February), and Madalberta (7th September). Though only seven years old when he reposed, he has always been venerated as a saint with the rest of his family.

EUSEBIA, the eldest daughter of SS. Adalbald (2nd February) and Rictrudis (12th May); great-granddaughter of St. Gertrude the Elder (6th December); sister of SS. Maurontius (9th January), Clotsindis (30th June), and Adalsindis (25th December). When St. Eusebia was still quite young her father was murdered and her mother sent her to the Abbey of Hamay, where her great-grandmother was the founding abbess. when St. Gertrude reposed St. Eusebia was elected to succeed her, even though she was only twelve years of age. St. Rictrudis, realising that St. Eusebia did not have the experience to be an abbess, took over Hamay, merging it into her own abbey of Marchiennes. All the nuns were moved from Hamay to Marchiennes, resulting in a fair bit of dissent amongst the nuns from Hamay. In time St. Rictrudis blessed Hamay nuns return to Hamay with St. Eusebia as Abbess. The time at Marchiennes served St. Eusebia well, as she had grown in wisdom and spirituality. St. Eusebia served as the second Abbess of Hamay until her repose in A.D. 680.

FINIAN, a disciple of St. Columba of Iona (9th June), he is said to have been Abbot of Swords just north of Dublin. However, as is the case with many of his contemporaries, ascertaining the truth within the various and tangled traditions of his Life is impossible.

Icon of St. Gregory Makar

Icon of St. Gregory Makar

GREGORY MAKAR, an Armenian monk who was elected Bishop of Nicopolis in Armenia. Later he lived as a hermit in Pithiviers near Orleans, reposing circa A.D. 1000. St. Gregory Makar is credited with introducing gingerbread to Europe.

HERIBERT, son of Hugo, Duke of Worms, St. Heribert was educated at Gorze Abbey. Having completed his studies, St. Heribert was ordained to the priesthood (A.D. 994), and made Provost of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Worms. In A.D. 999, St. Heribert was consecrated fourteenth Archbishop of Cologne. He approached his responsibilities was great zeal, founding a monastery, and then a church at Deutz on the outskirts of Cologne. St. Heribert reposed in A. D. 1022 and his relics were enshrined at the monastery he founded.

HILARY, TATIAN, FELIX, LARGUS, and DIONYSIUS, Hilary, Bishop of Aquileia, Tatian, his deacon, and three laymen, beheaded during the persecutions under Numerian circa A.D. 284.

MEGINGAUD (MENGOLD, MEGINGOZ), a monk and eventually Abbot at Fritzlar in present-day Hesse in Germany. In A.D. 754, St. Megingaud, was consecrated second Bishop of Würzburg. St. Megingaud resigned his See in A.D. 769 and retired to Neustadt Abbey, spending the rest of his life in prayer. St. Megingaud reposed A.D. 783.

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