Western Saints of the Orthodox Church<br class="clearfix"> — <br class="clearfix">19th July
AMBROSE AUTPERT (AUTPERTUS), a Frankish diplomat posted to Italy. There he entered the Abbey of St. Vincent of Volturno (abbazia di San Vincenzo al Volturno) in present-day southern Italy. St. Ambrose received monastic tonsure and later served as its Abbot. He reposed circa 778.
AUREA (AURA) of CÓRDOBA, born in Córdoba (southern Spain), St. Aurea's parents were Muslims and raised her in the Muslim faith. St. Aurea became a Christian after the death of her husband, and then received monastic tonsure. Her parents reported her conversion to the Moorish authorities who subsequently arrested her. St. Aurea refused to renounce Christ, and as a result was martyred by beheading in 856.
FELIX (FELICINUS) of VERONA, (Date Unknown), a Bishop of Verona (northern Italy), who has been listed in martyrologies since time immemorial, though there is no information on his life extent.
JEROME of PAVIA, the Bishop of Pavia in Lombardy (northern Italy) from 778 until his repose in 787. There is no further information on his life.
JUSTA and RUFINA, two sisters in Seville (southern Spain) who were martyred in 287, at the outset of the Diocletianic Persecution. They are greatly venerated in Spain.
MARTIN of TRIER, a third century Bishop of Trier in the present-day German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Though long-standing tradition and multiple martyrologies describe him as a martyr, there is no record of his actual martyrdom. Circa 210 is given as the year of his repose.
SYMMACHUS, elected 51st Pope of Rome in 498, St. Symmachus had to contend with an anti-pope supported by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I Dicorus (r. 491–518). Councils were convened to investigate his actions with a view to deposing him, and there even was rioting against his papacy. Nevertheless, he proved to be a capable prelate, and did much to improve discipline of the Church. St. Symmachus reposed on 19th July, 514.
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”.