Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 18th January

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18th January


ARCHELAIS, THECLA, and SUSANNA, three young girls who fled to Nola in the Campagna in order to escape persecution. Alas, they were arrested in Nola for being Christians, tortured, and taken to Salerno where they were beheaded in 293.

DEICOLA (DEICOLUS, DESLE, DICHUL, DEEL, DELLE, DEILLE), an elder brother of St. Gall (16th October). St. Deicola was a monk at Bangor Abbey in Ireland who followed St. Columbanus (23rd November) to Burgundy, where he helped found the monastery of Luxeuil. When St. Columbanus was exiled from Luxeuil in 610, St. Deicola was too advanced in years to accompany him and so founded a new monastery at Lure in Burgundy, where he lived as a hermit until his repose circa 625.

FAUSTINA and LIBERATA, two sisters who founded the monastery of Santa Margarita at Como in Lombardy. Both reposed in 582, and their relics are enshrined at the cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta in Como.

LEOBARD (LIBERD), a disciple of St. Gregory of Tours (17th November), who lived for over twenty years as a hermit near the Abbey of Marmoutier, just outside of Tours. St. Leobard reposed 593.

PRISCA, generally said to have been a young maiden from an aristocratic Roman Christian family who flourished in either the third or perhaps the first century according to tradition St. Prisca was martyred by beheading for refusing to renounce Christianity. Whilst her cultus has existed for time immemorial, the extant Acts are not historically accurate and the details are for the most part fantastic.

ULFRID (WOLFRED, WILFRID), an Englishman who was a missionary in the area that is present-day Germany and Sweden. St. Ulfrid was martyred in 1028 by Norse pagans for destroying either a tree dedicated to, or a statue of, Thor.

VOLUSIAN, an Imperial Roman senator who was selected to be the seventh Bishop of Tours in 491. He was driven from his See shortly after his consecration by Arian Visigoths, and reposed in exile in Toulouse 496.

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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.