Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

ADALARD the YOUNGER, a monk at the the Royal Abbey of St. Peter of Corbie (abbaye royale Saint-Pierre de Corbie), in Picardy (northern France), known as "the younger" to distinguish him from St. Adalard of Corbie (2nd January). St. Adalard reposed circa 824.

APRONIA (EVRONIE), the sister of St. Aprus (15th September), Bishop of Toul, from whom she received monastic tonsure. St. Apronia reposed in Troyes (north-central France) circa 420 following a life of holiness.

ATHANASIUS of NAPLES, Bishop of Naples (southern Italy) from circa 850 until his repose in 872. St. Athanasius was an exemplary pastor to his flock, though after 20 years as bishop, St. Athanasius fell victim to the machinations of his depraved nephew, Sergius II, Duke of Naples, who first imprisoned him, then exiled him. St. Athanasius reposed in exile at Veroli (central Italy) in 872 and was buried at Monte Cassino, his relics were later translated to Naples.

BENEDICT, a ninth century Bishop of Angers in Anjou (western France). St. Benedict reposed circa 820.

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Icon of St. Donald of Ogilvy

DONALD (DONIVALD) of OGILVY, (Eighth Century), Confessor of Scotland. Our venerable and God-bearing Father Donald of Ogilvy was a widower who lived a monastic life with his nine daughters in Ogilvy, Forfarshire (present-day Angus), Scotland. Upon the death of his wife, St. Donald converted his house into a hermitage where he and his daughters began to live a monastic life under his direction. They cultivated the land, surviving on a single meal of barley bread and water each day. Following St. Donald’s repose (circa 716), his daughters entered a monastery in Abernethy (Perth and Kinross) that had been founded by SS. Darlaugdach of Kildare and Brigid of Ireland (both 1st February). There they came to be known as the Nine Maidens or the Nine Holy Virgins. Churches throughout Scotland were dedicated to the Nine Maidens. According to tradition, one of the churches, in Strathmartine, near Dundee, along with its Nine Maiden Well, is the location where the Nine Maidens were devoured by a serpent. To this day, the well is an object of great awe and reverence.

EDITH (EADGYTH) of POLESWORTH, (Ninth Century), this St. Edith, was most likely a daughter of Ecgberht, King of the West Saxons (r. 802–839). She should not be confused with St. Edith of Wilton (16th September). Both were connected to the Royal House of Wessex. The historical record is unreliable, but it seems St. Edith succeeded St. Modwenna (5th July) as Abbess of Polesworth Abbey (North Warwickshire, England) towards the end of the ninth century.

ETERNUS (ÆTERNUS), a seventh century Bishop of Evreux, Normandy (northern France). St. Eternus reposed circa 660, no further information is extant.

EUTROPIUS, ZOSIMA (ZOZIMA), and BONOSA, Martyrs of Porto Romano, St. Eutropius and his two sisters were martyred at Porto Romano most likely circa 207, though circa 273 has been given by some sources.

FELIX of PAVIA, (Date Unknown), a bishop and martyr in Pavia (northern Italy). No further extant details of St. Felix’s life are reliable.

HARUCH, an early ninth century bishop and/or abbot of Werden Abbey (Kloster Werden) in present-day Essen, Germany. St. Haruch reposed circa 830.

MARTYRS of CARTHAGE, (Date Unknown), a group of nine martyrs at Carthage in Africa Proconsularis (a present-day suburb of Tunis, Tunisia).

Adautto, Catulinus, Felice, Florentius, Fortunanziano, Januarius, Julia, Justa, and Settimino.

Aside from their names, and that their relics were enshrined at the Basilica of Fausta in Carthage no further details are extant.

SECUNDINUS, AGRIPPINUS, MAXIMUS, FORTUNATUS, and MARTIALIS, Martyrs of Pannonia, fourth century martyrs in Pannonia of whom nothing more than their names is known.

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.