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 — 27th March

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27th March

ALKELD (ATHILDA), there are two churches in Yorkshire dedicated to this saint about whom nothing is known save for an ancient painting showing her being strangled by Danish pirates. This event may safely be dated to the tenth century A.D.

AMATOR (AMADOR), (Date Unknown), several churches dedicated in Portugal are dedicated to this hermit of whom nothing is known.

AUGUSTA, (Fifth Century), the daughter of the pagan Teutonic Duke of Friuli, who upon learning of St. Augusta’s becoming a Christian, was so angered that he personally beheaded her.

PHILETUS, LYDIA, MACEDO, THEOPREPIUS (THEOPREPIDES), AMPHILOCHIUS, and CRONIDAS, (on Eastern Calendars 23rd March), St. Philetus, a senator, his wife St. Lydia, and their children SS. Macedo and Theoprepius, were martyred in Illyria circa A.D. 121. Martyred along with St. Philetus and his family were SS. Amphilochius and Cronidas both high ranking officials.

ROMULUS, an Abbot of St. Baudilius Abbey near Nimes. When the Sarasens invaded the area, St. Romulus and his community fled, settling in the ruins of a monastery in Saissy-les-Bois, which they proceeded to refurbish. St. Romulus reposed circa A.D. 730.

RUPERT (ROBERT), Apostle of Bavaria and Austria. St. Rupert was a French royal who was consecrated Bishop of Worms and commenced to evangelise the south of Germany. Beginning at Regensburg, St. Rupert worked his way south, settling in what he called Salzburg. There he founded a which Rupert rebuilt and called Salzburg, serving as its first Archbishop, there he founded St. Peter’s Abbey for men, and Nonnberg Abbey for women, where his sister (or niece) St. Ermentrude (30th June) served as first Abbess. St. Rupert reposed circa A.D. 717.

SUAIRLECH, an Abbot of Fore in Westmeath known for his zeal, and later consecrated first Bishop of that See. St. Suairlech reposed circa A.D. 750.

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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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