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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 6th March

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6th March

BALDRED (BALTHER), a Scottish bishop thought by many to have been the successor of St. Kentigern Mungo (13th January) at Glasgow, St. Baldred ended his life as an anchorite at Bass Rock on the coast of the Firth of Forth. He reposed circa 756 and his relics were enshrined in Durham with those of St. Bilfrid (vide infra).

BASIL, an early fourth century Bishop of Bologna. Consecrated by Pope St. Sylvester (31st December), St. Basil ruled the See for twenty years.

BILFRID (BILLFRITH), a hermit at Lindisfarne, St. Bilfrid was an expert goldsmith and bound in gold the Lindisfarne Gospels, written and illuminated by St. Edfrith (4th June). His repose took place between 740 and 756, though the day is uncertain; 6th March is the anniversary of the translation of his relics, along with those of St. Balther (vide supra) , to Durham.

CADROE (CADROEL), the son of a Scottish prince, St. Cadroe studied at Armagh in Ireland. He then went to France, where he received monastic tonsure at Fleury Abbey. Soon he was made Abbot of the new Abbey of Waulsort on the River Meuse, present-day Namur Belgium. Finally, St. Cadroe was made Abbot of the Abbey of Saint Clément, in Metz. St. Cadroe reposed in 976.

CHRODEGANG, Charles Martel’s prime minister, St. Chrodegang was a layman when he was made Bishop of Metz in 732. Maintaining the premiership whilst also Bishop, Chrodegang founded Gorze Abbey in 749, and St. Peter’s Abbey on the Moselle, as well as providing significant assistance to Gengenbach and Lorsch Abbeys. St. Chrodegang reposed in 766.

CYNEBURGH, CYNESWITH, and TIBBA, SS. Cyneburgh and Cyneswith were daughters of Penda of Mercia in England, who was notorious for his opposition to Christianity. On the death of her husband, Alchfrid of Northumberland, St. Cyneburgh founded a monastery in Castor in Northamptonshire. She was joined by her sister St. Cyneswith, who succeeded her as abbess, and their relative St. Tibba. Circa 680 is given as the year of their repose, and the relics of all three were enshrined in Peterborough Abbey.

FRIDOLIN, an Irishman who became a monk at Luxeuil. He spent a great deal of time wandering around present-day France, Germany, and Switzerland, building churches, and evangelising the Alamanni of the Upper Rhine. St. Fridolin later founded Säckingen Abbey in present-day Bad Säckingen, Baden-Württemberg in Germany. St. Fridolin reposed circa 540.

MARCIAN, after being converted by the Apostle Barnabas (11th June), St. Marcian is said to have been consecrated the first Bishop of Tortona in Piedmont. He was martyred in 120, during the reign of Hadrian (r. 117 – 138), having served his See for forty-five years. There are those who believe he is the same saint as St. Marcian of Ravenna (22nd May).

PATRICK, little is known of the life of St. Patrick, aside from having served as a Bishop of Malaga, and might have fled to Auvergne during a persecution, where it seems he reposed, of natural causes, circa 307.

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