Western Saints of the Orthodox Church 1st December
AGERICUS (AGUY, AIRY), a parish priest in Verdun who was consecrated tenth Bishop of Verdun in 554, succeeding St. Desiderius (10th February). As bishop, St. Agericus was an advisor to King Childebert II, he was also renowned for his munificence to those in need, and in the later years of his life he acquired a reputation as a wonderworker. St Agericus reposed in 588 or 591.
ANSANUS, the son of a pagan Roman senator, St. Ansanus was baptised at the age of twelve, but was denounced soon after by his father. He was arrested, but managed to escape, and brought so many to Christ, first in Bagnorea and then in Siena, that he became known as “the Baptiser”. When Diocletian ordered the arrest of Christians, St. Ansanus was once again arrested and beheaded (304).
CANDRES, a fifth century missionary bishop who evangelised the area around Maastricht in present-day Holland.
CASTRITIAN, little is known of this saint who was the fourth Bishop of Milan, from 95 until his repose in 137.
CONSTANTIAN, a monk at Micy (near Orléans) who later was the abbot-founder of Javron Abbey. St. Constantian reposed in 570.
DIODORUS, MARIANUS, and COMPANIONS, a group of martyrs in Rome under Numerian in 283. It is possible this was an entire congregation, who, while gathered for prayer in the catacombs, were sealed inside and left to die.
ELIGIUS (ELOI, ELOY), a skilled metalsmith who became master of the mint in Paris under King Clotaire II; in 640 he was ordained to the priesthood, and the following year was consecrated Bishop of Noyon and Tournai. He enlightened the areas around Antwerp, Ghent and Courtra, bringing many to Christ through his example, especially in helping the poor and sick. As a layman, he built churches and monasteries, including the Abbey of SS. Peter and Paul in Solignac, and continued after ordination. St. Eligius reposed in 660 and was buried in the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Noyon.
EVASIUS, there are no reliable accounts of St. Evasius’ life extant. He is believed to have been the first Bishop of Asti in Piedmont and martyred under Julian the Apostate at Casale Monferrato circa 362.
GRWST, (Seventh Century), believed to have been the founder of Llanrwst, Conwy County Borough, Wales. The site of his cell is now occupied by Seion Methodist Chapel.
LEONTIUS, an early, possibly first, Bishop of Fréjus in Provence, serving from circa 419 until his repose circa 432. The major event of his episcopacy was the foundation of Lérins Abbey by St. Honoratus of Arles (16th January). his close friend, St. John Cassian (23rd July) dedicated his first ten Conferences to St. Leontius.
LUCIUS, ROGATUS, CASSIAN, and CANDIDA, (Date Unknown), Roman martyrs of whom nothing is known.
OLYMPIADES, nothing certain is known of this saint, however he is believed to have been a Roman Consul tortured to death in Almeria, Andalusia during the persecutions under Diocletian (303).
PROCULUS, a Bishop of Narni in Umbria who was martyred by order of Totila, King of the Goths circa 542.
URSICINUS, a fourth century Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy, who was a participant at the Council of Sardica (342/343). St. Ursicinus reposed circa 347.
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”.