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 — 2nd April

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2nd April

ABUNDIUS, originally from Thessalonica, Greece, St. Abundius was the fourth Bishop of Como. His reputation as a theologian led Pope St. Leo the Great (10th November) to appoint him Papal Legate to the Fourth Ecumenical Council in Chalcedon in 451 A.D. St. Abundius reposed in A.D. 469.

BRONACH (BROMANA), (Date Unknown), We have neither dates nor particulars concerning this saint, though she is listed in the Martyrologies of Tallaght and Donegal, and the Félire Óengusso (Martyrology of Ængus) considers her the mother of St. Moeliai (23rd June). St. Bronach is sometimes called the Virgin of Glen-Seichis, Glen-Seichis being the bygone name of Kilbrony or Kilbronach in Co. Down, which takes its present name from her. A high cross made of Mourne granite stands over the traditional site of her grave in the old cemetery.

CONSTANTINE, King St. Constantine II of Scotland was killed in battle against heathen invaders in A.D. 874, and is venerated locally as a martyr. He was buried at Iona.

LONOCHILUS (LONGIS, LENOGISIL) and AGNOFLEDA, St. Lonochilus was a Hieromonk and founder of a monastery in Maine (present-day France), who reposed in A.D. 653. St. Agnofleda was a nun in the same area who reposed in A.D. 638. Nothing further is known of their lives.

MUSA, (Sixth Century), St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) wrote of St. Muse, a child in Rome who was granted the gift of visions and mystical experiences.

NICETIUS (NIZIER), succeeding his uncle, St. Sacerdos (12th September), as Bishop of Lyons in A.D. 553, St. Niceties served that See until his repose in A.D. 573.

RUFUS, (Date Unknown), St. Rufus was a hermit at St. Kevin’s (3rd June) “monastic city” in Glendalough (present-day Co. Wicklow Ireland). His relics are entombed in the main church. According to Colgan,* St. Rufus was consecrated a bishop before his repose, though there is no other information extant to support this assertion.

URBAN of LANGRES, the sixth Bishop of Langres from A.D. 374 until his repose circa A.D. 390. His episcopacy coincided with a period of persecution of Christians, and at one point St. Urban was forced to hide in a vineyard. During this time he converted many of the vineyard’s workers.

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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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