Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome
ACCA of HEXHAM, known as one of the most learned bishops of his century, he was held in great esteem by St. Bede the Venerable (25th May) who described him as ‘great in the sight of God and man’. St. Acca began his monastic life as a disciple of SS. Bosa of York (9th March) and Wilfrid of York (12th October). During St. Wilfrid’s exile (circa 678–681), St. Acca served as a travelling companion to St. Wilfrid. Following their return to England, St. Acca served as Abbot of St. Andrew’s in Hexham (Northumberland), and in 709, succeeded his former master as Bishop of Hexham, serving that See until his repose circa 740.
ADERALD, the Archdeacon of Troyes (north-central France) who went lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Returning with a surfeit of holy relics, he built the Priory of Saint-Sépulcre at Samblières (present-day Villacerf) on the outskirts of Troyes. St. Aderald reposed in 1004.
AIDAN of MAYO, a bishop in Co. Mayo, Ireland who reposed in 768, and of whom nothing further is known.
BERNARD of BAGNOREA, a native of Bagnorea, Lazio (central Italy) who served as Bishop of Vulcia in Tuscany (central Italy) in the late eighth century. St. Bernard reposed circa 800.
BRADAN and ORORA (CRORA), (Date Uncertain), nothing is known about SS. Bradan and Orora other than the existence of a Kirk Braddan (Church of St. Braddan) near Douglas, Isle of Man, and a reference made on a sixteenth century map to a church of St. Crora. There is also a tradition of their veneration on the Isle of Man.
CAPRASIUS of AGEN, a native of Agen in Aquitaine (south-western France), St. Caprasius initially went into hiding at the beginning of the Diocletianic Persecution (303–313). However, inspired by the courage shown by St. Foy of Conques (6th October), St. Caprasius came out of hiding, and openly proclaimed himself to be a Christian, and was subsequently beheaded in 303.
IRENE of TOMAR, a nun in Portugal, of whom nothing certain can be said with confidence. She is said to have been martyred by Visigoths circa 653. She is the patron saint of both Tomar and Santarém in Portugal.
MARTHA of COLOGNE, SAULA of COLOGNE, and COMPANIONS, (Fourth Century), martyrs with St. Ursula (21st October) in Cologne in the present-day German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
MAXIMUS of AQUILA, a very devout and dedicated deacon in Aquila in the Abruzzo region of present-day Italy. He was tortured and then martyred by being thrown off a cliff circa 250, during the Decian Persecution (250–251). St. Maximus is one of the patron saints of L’Aquila Italy.
SINDULF of REIMS, a hermit in Aussonce near Reims (north-eastern France), who reposed in 660.
VITALIS of SALZBURG, Abbot of St. Peter’s Abbey (Stift Sankt Peter), and second Bishop of Salzburg. St. Vitalis succeeded St. Rupert of Salzburg (27th March) in both positions in 717 and continued until his repose in 745.
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”.