Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-HallWritings on Orthodox Christian theology and related miscellanea.
Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 23rd January
AMASIUS, a cleric, generally said to have been Greek, who was forced into exile by the Arians, and settled in Campania. Following the repose of St. Paris (5th August) in 346, St. Amasius was appointed to succeed him in the See of Teano in Campania. He reposed in 356.
COLMAN of LISMORE, Abbot-Bishop of Lismore Co. Waterford. During St. Colman’s tenure as abbot, Lismore grew in fame, attracting a great number of disciples. St. Colman was the spiritual father of numerous holy men and illustrious prelates, and reposed 702.
EMERENTIANA, a catechumen and foster-sister of St. Agnes (21st January). St. Emerentiana was found by a pagan mob praying at St. Agnes’ tomb, who then beat her to death.
ILDEPHONSUS, a member of the Spanish nobility, nephew of St. Eugene of Toledo (13th November), and student of St. Isidore of Seville (4th April). St. Ildephonsus received monastic tonsure at, and later served as Abbot of, the Monastery of Agali near Toledo. St. Ildephonsus attended both the Eighth and Ninth Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 respectively, and in 657 was consecrated Metropolitan Archbishop of Toledo. A prolific and important writer, St. Ildephonsus’ most significant work was De perpetua virginitate Mariae contra tres infidels, based upon St. Jerome’s (30th September) earlier writings on the topic. St. Ildephonsus reposed at Toledo in 667.
LUFTHILD, known for her kindness to the poor, St. Lufthild lived from an early age as an anchoress in and around Cologne. She reposed circa 850.
MAIMBOD, an Irish itinerate missionary, who, whilst on pilgrimages throughout Gaul, preached the Gospels. There are two versions of his death, the first, which is supported by both the Bollandists and Colgan, is St. Maimbod was given a pair of gloves by a nobleman in the hopes that St. Maimbod would remember him in his prayers. Whilst at prayer one day, a band of robbers seeing the gloves and assuming them to be an indication of wealth, beat him to death in the hopes of finding money and other valubles. The second version of his death is that he was martyred by pagans whilst preaching. Both of these events are said to have taken palce in Alsace circa 880.
MARTYRIUS (MARTORY), (Sixth Century), a hermit in the Valeria, present-day Abruzzi, Italy. St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) wrote of his virtue, and miracles which came from St. Martyrius’ prayers.
ORMOND (ARMAND), (Sixth Century), Abbot of the Abbey of Saint Mairé in present-day France, and supporter of monastic expansion and evangelisation.
SEVERIAN and AQUILA, (Date Unknown), two martyrs in Mauretania Caesariensis, North Africa. Though listed in all of the old martyrologies, nothing more is known of them.
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”.