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 — 22nd February

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22nd February

ELWIN, (Sixth Century), though no reliable Life is extant, it seems that St. Elwin accompanied St. Breaca (4th June) and six others from Ireland to Cornwall in the sixth century A.D. A chapel in Sithney parish, Cornwall, has been dedicated to St. Elwen since the 13th century A.D., and in Brittany, several sites and place names are associated with possibly related figures.

JOHN the SAXON, a native of Friesland who was invited to England by King Alfred, along with other holy and learned men, to restore monasticism in England following the Danish invasions. He was made Abbot of Athelney in Somersetshire, where his zeal for the restoration of Religious discipline led to his being murdered whilst kneeling in prayer in his oratory, A.D. 985.

Mosaic of Emperor Justinian and his retinue

Mosaic of Emperor Justinian and his retinue at the Basilica of St. Vitale in Ravenna.

MAXIMIAN of RAVENNA, consecrated the twenty-seventh Bishop of Ravenna by Pope Vigilius in A.D. 546, St. Maximian was active in the building and furnishing of churches throughout his See, most notably the completion of the Basilica of St. Vitale, and the Throne of Maximian a cathedra carved entirely from ivory, now housed at the Museo Arcivescovile in Ravenna. The Diocese of Ravenna was elevated to an Archdiocese during St. Maximian’s episcopate, making him the first Archbishop as well. St. Maximian reposed circa A.D. 556.

PASCHASIUS, an early fourth century A.D. Bishop of Vienne. St Paschasius reposed in A.D. 312, nothing more is known of his life.

RAYNERIUS (RAYNIER), a monk at Beaulieu Abbey near Limoges. St. Raynerius reposed circa A.D. 967.

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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.