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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 7th May

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DOMITIAN, often referred to as the “Apostle of the Meuse Valley” in recognition of his efforts there to bring people to Christ. St. Domitian served as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Maastricht. A great foe of heresy, which he forcefully spoke out against at the Fifth Council of Orléans (549). St. Domitian reposed 560, and his relics were enshrined at relics at Huy in present-day Belgium.

JOHN of BEVERLEY, our father among the saints John of Beverley was a diligent scholar and teacher who was educated at St. Augustine’s monastery at Canterbury under the supervision of St. Theodore of Canterbury (19th September). St. John then went to the double monastery of Whitby under St. Hilda (17th November). At Whitby, his students included St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), whom St. John ordained to the priesthood. St. Bede the Venerable relates in his Historia Ecclesiastica how St. John cured a deaf mute through his blessing. St. John was first consecrated Bishop of Hexham (circa 687), and was made Bishop of York in 705. However, he resigned that See after eight years, and retired to the abbey at Inderawood which he had founded, and which later became known as Beverley. St. John reposed there after seven years, 721.

JUVENAL of BENEVENTO, however improbable, some say he was deacon to Pope Saint Alexander I (3rd May), whilst more likely is the opinion that St. Juvenal was a Bishop of Teramo in the Abruzzo. He is thought to have reposed circa 132, and his reputed relics are enshrined at Benevento in Campania.

PETER of PAVIA, the twelfth Bishop of Pavia in Lombardy during the reign of his nephew Luitprand, as King of the Lombards. St. Peter reposed circa 735.

PLACID (PLACIDUS, PLAIT), an abbot of the Abbey of St. Symphorian in Autun, Burgundy. St. Placid reposed circa 675.

SERENICUS and SERENUS, two noblemen originally from Spoleto in Italy who became hermits near the River Sarthe in Gaul. St Serenicus later served as Abbot of a local monastery, while St. Serenus remained a hermit until his repose. They are believed to have reposed circa 669.

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