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 — 25th March

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25th March

ALFWOLD, a monk at Winchester, St. Alfwold was known for his great devotion to SS. Swithun (2nd July) and Cuthbert (20th March). He was consecrated Bishop of Sherborne in A.D. 1045, governing that See with great zeal and prudence until his repose A.D. 1058.

BARONTIUS and DESIDERIUS, Barontius was a nobleman in the court of Thierry II, who retired and received monastic tonsure at Saint-Cyran-du-Jambot near Nevers in Burgundy. Having been instructed in a vision, St. Barontius went to Italy where he became a hermit near Pistoia in Tuscany. There St. Barontius was joined by St. Desiderius and others. SS. Barontius and Desiderius reposed circa A.D. 700 – 725.

HERMENLAND (ERBLON, HERBLAND, HERMELAND), a priest-monk at the Abbey of St Wandrille in Fontenelle Normandy. St. Hermenland was sent with twelve monks to establish a new monastery on the island in the Loire estuary in Brittany. St. Hermenland reposed circa A.D. 720.

HUMBERT, a disciple of St. Amandus of Elnon (6th February), and founding Abbot of an abbey at Marolles in Flanders. St. Humbert reposed circa A.D. 680.

IRENAEUS of SIRMIUM, a bishop in Pannonia (present-day Hungary) who was martyred during the Diocletianic Persecution at Sirmium (present-day Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia) in A.D. 304.

KENNOCHA (KYLE, ENOCH), of noble Scottish birth who was a monastic at an abbey in Fife. St. Kennocha was held in great veneration in Scotland, especially in Strathclyde. She reposed at an advanced age in A.D. 1007. No further information on this saint is extant.

MARTYRS of ROME, (Date Unknown), a group of two hundred and sixty-two martyrs at Rome. No further information is known about them; however, some sources believe they may possibly be the same group of martyrs commemorated on 1st March.

QUIRINUS, a friend of SS. Marius and Martha (19th January), martyred in Rome, circa A.D. 269, during the persecutions during the reign of Claudius II.

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