Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

AMATUS (AMÉ), a member of the Grenoblois nobility, St. Amatus was, as a child, placed in the Abbey of St. Maurice (abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune), Agaunum, present-day Saint-Maurice-en-Valais, Switzerland. After completing his education, St. Amatus received monastic tonsure at the Abbey, and later lived as a hermit for over thirty years. In 614 his spiritual father, St. Eustace of Luxeuil (29th March), encouraged him to move to the Abbey of SS. Peter and Paul of Luxeuil (abbaye Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul de Luxeuil) in Burgundy (east-central France). While at Luxeuil, St. Amatus converted St. Romaricus of Remiremont (8th December), and the two of them founded in 620 the double-monastery of the Abbey of St. Peter of Remiremont (abbaye de Saint-Pierre de Remiremont) in present-day Vosges, France. St. Amatus served as first Abbot. St. Amatus reposed in 630.

AMATUS of SION, the particulars concerning this saint have become rather muddled over the ages, hence there is some confusion about his life. The majority opinion seems to be that St. Amatus served as an Abbot of Agaunum, and later as the tenth Bishop of Sion in Valais (Switzerland). St. Amatus reposed in 690.

BARSENORIUS, (Seventh Century), a spiritual child of St. Leutfridus of La-Croix (21st June), and an Abbot of the Abbey of the Cross of St. Ouen / abbaye La Croix Saint-Ouen (later the Abbey of the Cross of St. Leufroy) in the present-day town of La Croix-Saint-Leufroy, in Normandy (northern France). The relics of St. Barsenorius are enshrined at the Abbey of the Trinity (abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp) in Fécamp, Normandy.

COLUMBINUS of LURE, the successor of St. Deicola of Lure (18th January) as Abbot of Lure, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Dijon, in the Vosges (eastern France). St. Columbinus reposed circa 680.

HADUWY (HEDWIG), a noblewoman, and granddaughter of St. Ida of Herzfeld (4th September). Following the repose of her husband in 849, St. Haduwy received monastic tonsure, and from 858 until her repose in 887, served as third Abbess of the Imperial Abbey of Herford (Reichsfrauenstift Herford) in the Duchy of Saxony (northern Germany).

MAURILIUS of ANGERS, a native of Milan (north-west Italy) who studied under SS. Ambrose of Milan (7th December) and Martin of Tours (11th November). St. Maurilius accompanied St. Martin when he went to Gaul (west-central France), and circa 423 was consecrated second Bishop of Angers (western France). St. Maurilius reposed circa 453.

NECTARIUS of AUTUN, the seventeenth Bishop of Autun, Burgundy (France) from 540 until his repose in 549 or 550. He was a friend of St. Germanus of Paris (28th May), whom St. Nectarius appointed to serve as Abbot of the Abbey of St. Symphorian (abbaye Saint-Symphorian d'Autun) in Autun .

PHILIP of ROME, Prefect of Egypt under the Emperor Commodus (r. 180–192), he was dismissed from this post when it was learnt he had been baptised. He was then chosen to be Bishop of Alexandria, but the new Prefect sent assassins who mortally wounded St. Philip while he was praying, and he reposed three days later. St. Philip was also the father of St. Eugenia of Rome (24th December), in whose home SS. Protus of Rome and Hyacinth of Rome (11th September) were employed.

VENERIUS of TINO, there is no reliable Life of St. Venerius, but the general consensus is that he was an anchorite, and later abbot on the Island of Tino in the Gulf of La Spezia in the northern Ligurian Sea (Italy). St. Venerius is believed to have reposed circa 630, however, there are some scholars who say he flourished in the ninth century

WULFTHRYTH (WILFRIDA), St. Wulfthryth was the mother of St. Edith of Wilton (16th September), who, after the birth of her daughter, received monastic tonsure from St. Ethelwold of Winchester (1st August) at Wilton Abbey, eventually serving as its Abbess. In time, her daughter joined her at Wilton as a monastic. St. Wulfthryth reposed circa 988.

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.