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 — 4th March


4th March

ADRIAN and COMPANIONS, St. Adrian was a bishop (perhaps of St. Andrews) on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth in Scotland, who along with a group of martyrs (which some sources number in the thousands) who was massacred by the Danes (A.D. 874). There is no further reliable information on this saint’s life available to us.

APPIAN, a monk at the Abbey of St. Peter of Ciel d’Oro in Pavia, where he served as Steward. He later became a hermit in Commacchio in present-day Emilia Romagna Italy. St. Appian evangelised the area around Commacchio. He reposed circa A.D. 800.

BASINUS, a seventh century A.D. Abbot of St. Maximin’s Abbey in Trier. St. Basinus was consecrated thirty-fourth Bishop of Trier circa A.D. 671, and served that See until his repose circa A.D. 705.

FELIX of RHUYS, a hermit on Ouessant Island off the coast of Brittany. St. Felix later became a monk at the Abbey of St. Benedict on the Loire (Fleury Abbey). St. Felix was given the obedience of restoring the Abbey of St. Gildas of Rhuys which had been razed by the Vikings. St. Felix reposed in A.D. 1038.

LEONARD of AVRANCHES, as a youth, St. Leonard was bully with a volatile temper. As an adult, he repented and in time was elected Bishop of Avranches. St. Leonard served that See for thirty years, reposing circa A.D. 614.

LUCIUS I, elected the twenty-second Pope of Rome in A.D. 253, and briefly exiled by the Emperor Trebonianus Gallus. St. Lucius is remembered for condemning the Novatian Schism. He reposed in A.D. 254 after only 253 days as Pope.

MARTYRS of ROME, a group of nine hundred martyrs (circa A.D. 260) buried in the catacombs of Callistus on the Appian Way. Nothing further is known of their lives or martyrdom.

OWEN (OWIN), a monk who accompanied St. Chad (2nd March) on his mission to the Mercians, St. Owen then served him at Lichfield. Though no Life is extant, tradition has it that he led a most holy life, and by God’s Grace, had many heavenly visions. St. Owen reposed circa A.D. 680.



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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