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 — 19th March

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19th March

ADRIAN, a disciple of St. Landoald of Maastricht (vide infra), who was robbed and murdered, circa A.D. 668, whilst soliciting donations for his monastery near Maastricht, in present-day Holland. St. Adrian was subsequently venerated as a martyr, as he died in the service of his fellow monastics.

ALCMUND, the son of Eldred, and brother of Osred, Northumbrian kings. After years of exile amongst the Picts in Scotland St. Alcmund was martyred in Shropshire circa A.D. 800. His body was first interred at Lilleshult, in Shropshire, but was later translated to Derby, where he was patron of the town.

APOLLONIUS and LEONTIUS (LEONTINUS), traditionally thought to have been early Bishops of Braga in Portugal, with St. Leontius possibly the successor of St. Apollonius, though there is no information on their lives, or alleged martyrdoms extant.

AUXILIUS, a member of St. Patrick’s (17th March) mission to Ireland, and later Bishop of Killossey. The year of his repose is believed to have been circa A.D. 460. There is no other reliable information extant.

GEMUS, (Date Unknown), a monk, most likely at the Abbey of Saint Hidulf at Moyenmoutier in Vosges, Lorraine.

JOHN the SYRIAN of PINNA, (Sixth Century), a Syrian monk who, possibly fleeing persecution by Monophysites, settled in Pinna approximately 10 km / 6 mi south-west of Spoleto. After living as a hermit for a while, the local bishop blessed him to build a monastery which St. John served as abbot for forty-four years.

LACTAN, born near Cork in Ireland, according to tradition a miraculous spring provided the water for his Baptism. At the age of fifteen his Guardian Angel took him to St. Comgall (10th May) Abbot of Bangor. It is known with certainty that he did enter Bangor, and whilst there he studied under St. Lua (4th August). St. Lactan was then was appointed by St. Comgall to found several monasteries, presiding as founding Abbot of Achadh-Ur (present-day Freshford, Co. Kilkenny), until his repose A.D. 672.

LANDOALD and AMANTIUS, St. Landoald, a priest, and St. Amantius, a deacon sent from Rome to enlighten the present-day Belgium and north-eastern France. They founded a church at Wintershoven as well. SS. Landoald and Amantius reposed circa A.D. 668, and were buried in what is now the Church of St. Peter’s Chains in Wintershoven.

LEONTIUS, a Bishop of Saintes, and a friend of St. Malo (15th November). During St. Malo’s exile, St. Leontius sheltered him. St. Leontius reposed in A.D. 640.

QUINTUS, QUINTILLA, QUARTILLA, MARK, and COMPANIONS, (Date Uncertain), a group of approximately fourteen martyrs at Sorrento, near Naples. It is possible the three first were a brother and two sisters. However, there are no definitive facts available.

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

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