Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome
ÆLFHEAH, (ELPHEGE, ALPHEGE) the MARTYR, St. Ælfheah was the founding-Abbot of an unnamed monastery at Bath. In 984, he succeeded St. Æthelwold (1st August) as Bishop of Winchester, and in 1006 he was translated to the See of Canterbury, serving as its thirtieth Archbishop. St. Ælfheah was murdered by the Danes (circa 1012) during a drunken feast because he would not ransom himself at the expense of his poor tenants, and was therefore regarded as a martyr, the only orthodox Archbishop of Canterbury to have been martyred. His relics were enshrined in St. Paul’s in London and later in Canterbury.
CRESCENTIUS of FLORENCE, a sub-deacon and disciple of the first Bishop of Florence (central Italy), St. Zenobius of Florence (25th May), and student of St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December). St. Crescentius reposed circa 396.
GEROLD of SAXONY, a member of the ducal family of Saxony (eastern Germany) who donated his land to the Abbey of Our Lady of the Hermits of Einsiedeln (Abtai Einsiedeln) in central Switzerland where his two sons, Cuno and Ulric, were monks. Following the example of St. Meinrad of Einsiedeln (21st January) the founder of Einsiedeln, St. Gerold became a hermit in the Tyrol, under the obedience of the Abbot of Einsiedeln. St. Gerold reposed in 978.
URSMAR of LOBBES, Abbot-Bishop of the Abbey of St. Peter of Lobbes (abbaye Saint-Pierre de Lobbes — Hainaut, Belgium), and spiritual father of St. Dodone of Wallers-en-Fagne (1st October). St. Ursmar also assisted in the founding of abbeys at Aulne and Wallers-en-Fagne in Hainaut (Belgium). St. Ursmar reposed in 713.
VINCENT of COLLIOURE, martyred at Collioure in Languedoc (present-day Occitanie in southern France) during the Diocletianic Persecution (303–313).
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”.