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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 5th May

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BRITO (BRITONIUS), the tenth Bishop of Trier. Although St. Brito was a staunch opponent of heresy, he believed that ecclesiastical matters were the purview the Church, not the State. As a result of this belief he provided sanctuary to heretics sought by the State. St. Britto reposed circa 385.

CRESCENTIANA, nothing is known of this martyr, and her existence would have gone unnoticed were there not a church in Rome dating from the late fifth century dedicated to her.

ECHA (ETHA), a hermit in Yorkshire, who was greatly venerated for his wonderworking and the holiness of his life. He reposed 767.

GERUNTIUS of MILAN, little is known about St. Geruntius, save he was a disciple of St. Eusebius (12th August), whom he succeeded as Bishop of Milan circa 465. St. Geruntius served as twentieth Bishop of Milan until his repose circa 470.

HILARY of ARLES, a pagan whose education and innate abilities led to a high-ranking position in the local civil government. He was also related to St. Honoratus (16th January), who invited St. Hilary to visit him at the Abbey of Our Lady of Lérins. Whilst there, St. Hilary was baptised and received monastic tonsure, and became a disciple of St. Honoratus. When St. Honoratus was consecrated Bishop of Arles, St. Hilary accompanied him to Arles where he served as St. Honoratus’ secretary. St. Hilary was consecrated eleventh Bishop of Arles following St. Honoratus’ repose in 430. As bishop, St. Hilary approached his pastoral duties as well as the conversion of pagans with great vigour. Often his exuberance got the better of him, raising the ire of both the civil authorities as well as the denizens of Arles, leading to Papal reprimands on at least two occasions. Exuberance and zeal notwithstanding, there was no one doubted his sanctity of the depth of his conviction. St. Hilary reposed in 449.

HYDROC, St. Hydroc is believed to have lived during the fifth century. He is the patron saint of Llanhyroc in Cornwall, but there is no other information on his life.

JOVINIAN, a Reader and fellow missionary of St. Peregrinus of Auxerre (16th May). It is thought he was martyred circa 300.

MAURONTUS (MAURONT), the eldest son of SS. Adalbald (2nd February) and Rictrudis (12th May), and brother of SS. Clotsindis of Marchiennes (30th June), Eusebia of Hamage (16th March), and Adalsindis of Hamay (25th December). St. Maurontus left his position at Merovingian Court to receive monastic tonsure, entering the monastery founded by his mother at Marchiennes in Flanders. He later was the Abbot-founder, and patron of an abbey on family lands at Bruël near the Lys river. St. Maurontus reposed 701.

NECTARIUS (NECTAIRE), the fourteenth Bishop of Vienne. He is believed to have taken part in the Council of Vaison (circa 350). St. Nectarius reposed circa 445.

NICETUS (NIZIER), the fifteenth Bishop of Vienne, and it has been said he was a great supporter of monasticism in his diocese. Beyond that nothing is known of his life. St. Nicetus reposed circa 449.

SACERDOS, believed to have been a Bishop of Saguntum, present-day Murviedro, Spain. St. Sacerdos reposed circa 560.

SILVANUS, (Date Unknown), aside from a listing in the Roman Martyrology saying he was martyred in Rome, nothing is known of St. Silvanus’ life.

THEODORE of BOLOGNA, the seventeenth Bishop of Bologna, from circa 530 until his repose circa 550.

WALDRADA, the first Abbess of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnain Abbey in Metz. St. Waldrada reposed circa 620.

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