Western Saints of the Orthodox Church <br class="clearfix">—<br class="clearfix"> 21st May
AGERANUS (AYRAN, AYRMAN) and COMPANIONS, Martyrs of Bèze, a monk at the Abbey of SS. Peter and Paul of Bèze in Burgundy (France). In 888, invading Normans came to sack the Abbey. Most of the community escaped, with the exception of St. Ageranus and four monks SS. Genesius, Bernard, Sifiard, and Rodron, plus the priest-monk St. Ansuinus, all of whom stayed behind to protect the Altar and other sacred items. The Normans slaughtered all six as they sacked the Abbey.
BAIRFHION (BARRFOIN, BARRINDUS) of KILLBARRON, according to tradition St. Bairfhion was placed in charge of the church founded by St. Columba (9th June) at Drum Cullen, Co. Offaly in Ireland; and later lived in Killbarron Co. Donegal, Ireland. St. Bairfhion is said to have undertaken several missions by sea and to have reached North America, informing his friend St. Brendan the Voyager (16th May) of his discovery. It is believed St. Bairfhion reposed towards the end of the sixth century, and some Irish calendars style him a bishop.
GOLLEN (COLLEN, COLAN) of DENBIGHSHIRE, St. Gollen is the saint for whom Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales is named. Believed to have lived during the seventh century, there are several legends connecting St. Gollen with Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset, England and Rome. However, nothing certain is known of his life. It is safe to deduce from the existence of a church in Brittany dedicated to him, that he may have lived there for some time.
HOSPITIUS of CAP-SAINT-HOSPICE, a hermit at what is today Pointe-de-Saint-Hospice in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Rivera. St. Hospitius lived in the remains of an old tower, in chains, on a diet limited to bread and dates. In addition to these great feats of asceticism, St. Hospitus had the gift of clairvoyance, and was known for his wonderworking. Whilst a group of Lombard soldiers were pillaging the area, they came across St. Hospitus, and seeing him chained assumed him to be a criminal. He said, indeed he was a most grievous sinner. As one of the soldiers raised his sword to dispatch St. Hospitus, his arm became paralysed, and would not move until the saint made the sign of the cross over it. The soldier converted on the spot, and they departed leaving St. Hospitus unmolested. Foreseeing the hour of his repose, St. Hospitus spent his last hours in prayer, removed his chains, and breathed his last circa 580.
ISBERGA (ITISBERGA) of AIRE, a sister of Charlemagne, King of the Franks (r. 768–814) and nun at a monastery in Aire in the present-day Artois region of France. St. Isberga reposed circa 800.
SECUNDINUS of CÓRDOBA, martyred in Córdoba during the Diocletianic Persecution, circa 306.
THEOBALD (THIBAUD) of VIENNE, consecrated the forty-second Archbishop of Vienne (south-eastern France) in 970. St. Theobald served the See until his repose in 1001.
TIMOTHY, POLIUS and EUTYCHIUS, Martyrs of Mauretania, (Date Uncertain), three deacons martyred in Mauretania Caesariensis (present-day Algeria) during the Diocletianic Persecution.
VALENS of AUXERRE and COMPANIONS, (Date Uncertain), St. Valens is believed to have been a bishop, though the See is not known. He, along with three youths whose names are unknown, was martyred in Auxerre in Burgundy (France).
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”.