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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 6th February

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6th February

AMAND (AMANDUS) of MAASTRICHT, a native of Lower Poitou, St. Amand received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Hilaire on the Île d’Yeu. His family was so firmly against him becoming a monk that they tried to have him kidnapped and undergo the seventh century equivalent of deprogramming. Needless to say, his family were not successful. After a few years at St. Hilaire Abbey, St. Amand moved to Bourges to study under St. Austregisilus (20th May) Bishop of Bourges. In Bourges, he lived as a hermit for fifteen years. Following a pilgrimage to Rome, St. Amand was consecrated a missionary bishop, and at the request of King Clothaire II, was sent to Flanders to evangelise the people. During his time in Flanders, he founded a monastery on the banks of the Elnon stream. Towards the end of his life, St. Amand retired to live at his monastery, reposing there circa 675.

ANDREW of ELNON, a disciple of St. Amandus (vide supra) at Elnon, whom he succeeded as Abbot. He reposed circa 690.

ANTHOLIAN (ANATOLIANUS), CASSIUS, LIMINIUS, MAXIMUS, and VICTORINUS, MARTYRS of AUVERGNE, according to St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) they were all martyred in Auvergne during the Valerian Persecutions circa 265.

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”.

JACUT and GUETHENOC, (fifth century), disciples of St. Budoc (9th December), who were forced to flee to Brittany along with their spiritual father. Their parents were SS. Fragan and Gwen (5th July), and their brother, the much better known, St. Winwalöe (Gwenaloe) (3rd March).

MEL (MELCHNO), he is commonly believed to have been one of the four sons of St. Patrick’s (17th March) sister St. Darerca (22nd March) and her husband Conis. They all accompanied their uncle to Ireland with St. Mel becoming the first Bishop of Ardagh. St. Mel reposed circa 490; he is the patron saint of the Roman Catholic diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, and is commemorated in the name of the cathedral church of the diocese in Longford.

MUN, St. Mun was one of the four nephews of St. Patrick (17th March), who joined their uncle in his apostolic labours. St. Patrick consecrated him bishop over the area of the present Co. Longford. St. Mun ended his days as a hermit on an island in Lough Ree.

TANCO (TANCHO, TATTA), an Irish monk who worked to enlighten the pagans of Saxony. St. Tanco served as fourth Abbot of Amorbach Abbey in Lower Franconia, Bavaria probably from circa 785 to circa 788, when he was consecrated Bishop of Bishop of Verden. Most sources list him as being the third bishop, however, the extent records were altered or damaged in the thirteenth century, and the supposed first bishop, Swibrecht, is, as far as can be determined, purely legendary. St. Tanco was martyred by pagans in 808.

VEDAST (VAAST, VAAT, GASTON, FOSTER), St. Vedast assisted St. Remigius (1st October) in his evangelisation of the Franks. When Clovis I decided to become a Christian, St. Vedast served as his catechist, and later as one of his advisors. In 499 St. Remigius consecrated St. Vedast Bishop of Arras with responsibility for the Diocese of Cambrai was added by St. Remigius in 510. St. Vedast served both dioceses until his repose in 539.

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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.