Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

DOGFAN (DOEWAN), (Fifth Century), one of the sons of the great King St. Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April), St. Dogfan is believed to have been martyred by pagan invaders in Dyfed (Pembrokeshire), Wales. A church was built there in his honour.

EUGENE, SALUTARIS, MURITTA, and COMPANIONS of CARTHAGE, Eugene was consecrated Bishop of Carthage (a present-day suburb of Tunis, Tunisia) in 481, and soon afterwards was exiled to the surrounding desert by the Arian Vandals along with either, the entirety of the clergy of all ranks of his diocese numbering in excess of 500, or, as other sources state, an unknown number of his flock, including children. Regardless of the make-up of his fellow exiles, all suffered greatly for the true faith. Permitted to return to Carthage in 488, St. Eugene was exiled again in 496, this time he managed to settle in Albi in south-eastern Italy. There St. Eugene reposed in 505 from the toll his mistreatments had taken upon him. St. Eugene and his flock are counted amongst the Martyrs of the Church due to their suffering.

Orthodox Christian Icon of St. Mildrith (Mildred) of Thanet

Icon of St. Mildrith (Mildred) of Thanet

MILDRITH (MILDRED) of THANET, The daughter of St. Ermenburgh (19th November) and sister of SS. Mildburg of Much Wenlock (23rd February) and Mildgyth (17th January), St. Mildrith was sent at an early age to be educated at Chelles Abbey near Paris in France. Returning to England, she received monastic tonsure from St. Theodore of Canterbury (19th September) at her mother’s monastery of Minster-in-Thanet, in Kent. St. Mildrith succeeded her mother as Abbess upon St. Ermenburg’s repose. As Abbess, St. Mildrith earned a reputation for patience, love, and kindness. Following a long illness, St. Mildrith reposed circa 700, and was succeeded by St. Eadburh of Minster (13th December). St. Mildrith was a popular saint in the years following her repose, and her local cultus eclipsed even St. Augustine of Canterbury (27th May). The bulk of St. Mildrith’s relics were translated to Canterbury in 1033, with some minor relics translated to Deventer in Holland where she was also venerated.

Troparion of St. Mildrith of Thanet — Tone IV

Through constant prayer and frequent fasting, by ceaseless hymnody

and great humility, the glorious Mildrith forsook the allurements of

her royal rank, trampling underfoot all worldly pride and

presumption. Wherefore, let us imitate her virtues, that, free from

all earthly attachments, we may join her at the wedding feast of

Christ our Saviour.

TURIAF (TURIAV, TURIAVUS) of DOL, a French nobleman who became a monk, priest and later Bishop of Dol in Brittany (north-western France). St. Turiaf reposed circa 750.

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.