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 — 23rd March

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23rd March

BENEDICT of CAMPANIA, a hermit in the Campania mentioned by St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September), and friend of St. Benedict of Nursia (11th July). Seized and thrown into a fire by the army of Totila, King of the Ostrogoths (r. A.D. 541–552) St. Benedict remained in the fire for a day before emerging completely unharmed. St. Benedict lived until circa A.D. 550, reposing of natural causes.

ETHILWALD, a monk at Ripon, St. Ethilwald lived as an anchorite on the Island of Farne for the last twelve years of his life, reposing A.D. 699.

FELIX and COMPANIONS, (Late-Fifth Century), a group of twenty-one martyrs under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric in North Africa. Aside from brief mention in the old martyrologies, and by St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), there is nothing known of these saints.

FELIX of MONTE CASSINO, a monk at one of the dependencies of the Abbey of Monte Cassino who reposed circa A.D. 1000. Following St. Felix’s repose many miracles were reported to have taken place at his tomb, leading the Bishop of Chieti to have St Felix’s relics enshrined and available for veneration.

FIDELIS, (Date Unknown), a martyr in North Africa of whom nothing is known. Some hagiographers reckon him to be part of the group martyred with Felix (vide supra) under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric, though he is most likely not connected with them.

FRUMENTIUS, a wealthy merchant in Hadrumetum (present-day Sousse, Tunisia) who was martyred for refusing to convert to Arianism during the persecutions under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric, A.D. 484.

Icon of St. Nicon

Icon of St. Nicon

MAIDOC (MO-MHAEDOG), (Fifth Century), an Abbot of Fiddown in southern Co. Kilkenny in Ireland, nothing further is known about him.

NICON and COMPANIONS, a Roman soldier and leader of a group of monks who took up monastic life whilst in the Holy Land. Hoping to escape the persecution going on at the time in the Holy Land, St. Nicon and his brothers fled to Sicily. Sadly, there they found not safety, but the Decian Persecution, and were all martyred circa A.D. 250.

VICTORIAN, CRESCENTIUS, LIBERATUS, and COMPANIONS, St. Victorian, a pro-consul of Carthage, St. Crescentius, a priest, and St. Liberatus, a wealthy merchant. All of whom, including St. Liberatus’ wife and children, martyred in A.D. 484 at Hadrumetum under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric for refusing to abandon orthodox Christianity and embrace Arianism.

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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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