Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

ELWIN, (Sixth Century), though no reliable Life is extant, it seems that St. Elwin accompanied St. Breaca (4th June) and six others from Ireland to Cornwall in the sixth century. A chapel in Sithney parish, Cornwall, has been dedicated to St. Elwen since the 13th century, and in Brittany, several sites and place names are associated with possibly related figures.

JOHN the SAXON, a native of Friesland who was invited to England by St. Alfred the Great (26th October), King of Wessex (r. 871–886) and King of the Anglo-Saxons (r. 886–899), along with other holy and learned men, to restore monasticism in England following the Danish invasions. St. John was made Abbot of Athelney in Somersetshire, where his zeal for the restoration of Religious discipline led to his being murdered in 895 whilst kneeling in prayer in his oratory.

Mosaic of Emperor Justinian and his retinue in the Basilica of San Vitale. Ravena, Italy

Mosaic of Emperor Justinian and his retinue in the Basilica of San Vitale. Ravena, Italy
(St. Maximian is third from the right)

MAXIMIAN of RAVENNA, consecrated the twenty-seventh Bishop of Ravenna (northern Italy) by Pope Vigilius in 546, St. Maximian was active in the building and furnishing of churches throughout his See, most notably the completion of the Basilica of St. Vitale, and the Throne of Maximian a cathedra carved entirely from ivory, now housed at the Museo Arcivescovile in Ravenna. The Diocese of Ravenna was elevated to an Archdiocese during St. Maximian’s episcopate, making him the first Archbishop as well. St. Maximian reposed circa 556.

PASCHASIUS, an early fourth century Bishop of Vienne (south-eastern France). St. Paschasius reposed in 312, nothing more is known of his life.

RAYNERIUS (RAYNIER), a monk at Beaulieu Abbey near Limoges (south-west-central France). St. Raynerius reposed circa 967.

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.