Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

Eastern Orthodox Christian theologian, historian, philosopher, and cultural commentator.


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

ALEXANDER, (Date Unknown), a Bishop of Fermo in the Marches martyred during the Decian persecution (250).

ANASTASIUS, an Abbot of Suppentonia Abbey (present-day Castel Sant'Elia in central Italy). St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) related that St. Anastasius was summoned to heaven by an angel and over the next eight days all of his monks reposed circa 570. St. Anastasius’ relics are enshrined in the Basilica of Sant'Elia or Sant'Anastasio in Castel Sant’Elia.

BOADIN, (Date Unknown), an Irishman who travelled to France, where he then received monastic tonsure.

BRANDAN, (Fifth Century), an Irishman who fled Britain to escape persecution at the hands of the Pelagians. He sought sanctuary in an unnamed monastery in Gaul of which he ultimately became Abbot.

ETHENIA and FIDELMIA, amongst the first converts of St. Patrick (17th March), they were daughters of King Laoghaire. Following their conversion, they became nuns and reposed in holiness in 433.

Kontakion of SS. Ethenia and Fidelmia — Tone IV

Having been tonsured, O most pure and righteous virgins Ethenia and Fidelmia,

you were found worthy to tarry in this vale of tears

and to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, just once,

before going to your eternal reward.

We chant your praises and implore Christ our God

that, in The Eleventh Day of Judgment,

He will not find us wanting.

HONORATA, a nun at Pavia in Lombardy who was captured by Odoacer, King of the Heruli (r. 476–493). Her brother St. Epiphanius (21st January), Bishop of Pavia, ransomed her, and she returned to her monastery. St. Honorata reposed circa 500.

HYGINUS, Pope of Rome from circa 138 until his repose (and possible martyrdom) circa 140.

LEUCIUS of BRINDISI, a missionary from Alexandria, who was the Founding-Bishop of the See of Brindisi, on the Adriatic coast of present-day southern Italy. St. Leucius reposed circa 180.

PALDO, TASO, and TATO, three brothers from Benevento, who became monks at Farfa, and went on to found the monastery of San Vincenzo on the Volturno River in central Italy. The three brothers served as sequential abbots. St. Paldo reposing circa 720, St. Taso circa 729, and St. Tato circa 739.

SALVIUS (SALVE, SAUVE) of AMIENS, ninth Bishop of Amiens in Gaul. He reputedly was a wonderworker, and is listed in some martyrologies as a martyr, though there is nothing to support this claim. St. Salvius reposed circa 625 and his relics are enshrined in Montreuil in Picardy.

SALVIUS (the MARTYR), (Date Unknown), a martyr in Roman North Africa. St. Augustine of Hippo (28th August) is said to have delivered a eulogy.

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.

In many cases there are several spelling versions of the names of saints from the British Isles. I use the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography version as the primary version with the more prevalent version in parenthesis e.g. Ceadda (Chad) of Lichfield.