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 — 31st March


31st March

ALDO, a Count of Ostrevant, a district in present-day northern France, who flourished in the late eighth century A.D. St. Aldo received monastic tonsure at the double monastery of Hasnon in Picardy. He later served as Abbot.

BALBINA, generally accepted to have been the daughter of St. Quirinus (30th March) the martyr. St. Balbina was baptised by Pope St. Alexander I (3rd May). St. Balbina was martyred along with her parents, circa A.D. 130.

GUY (GUIDO), rejecting the life of a dandy of his youth, St. Guy received monastic tonsure at Pomposa Abbey near Ferrara. He then spent time at the Abbey of St. Severus in Ravenna serving as Abbot towards the end of his stay there. St. Guy returned to Pomposa and was soon after appointed Abbot of Pomposa. During his tenure as Abbot, Pomposa experienced a doubling of the number of monks in the community. St. Guy reposed in A.D. 1046.

RENOVATUS, after renouncing the heresy of Arian / Arianism, St. Renovatus received monastic tonsure at the Monastery of Cauliana in Lusitania (present-day Portugal). He was later appointed Abbot of Cauliana, and then circa A.D. 611 consecrated Bishop of Mérida. St. Renovatus reposed circa A.D. 633.

THEODULUS, ANESIUS, FELIX, CORNELIA and COMPANIONS, (Date Unknown), a group martyrs in Africa Proconsularis of whom no further particulars are extant.



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.

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