Western Saints of the Orthodox Church <br class="clearfix">—<br class="clearfix"> 22nd November
CECILIA, (Second or Third Century), a member of an important Roman patrician family, who had vowed perpetual virginity to God. Her parents married her to a pagan, St. Valerian (14th April), whom St. Cecilia not only convinced to respect her virginity, but converted him to Christianity as well. Soon after Valerian’s brother, St. Tiburtius was baptised, and the two brothers then dedicated their lives to giving proper burials to Christian martyrs. This resulted in their arrest and martyrdom. St. Cecilia buried them at her villa, for which she was arrested, ordered to perform pagan sacrifices, and when she refused was beheaded. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians.
CHRISTIAN, a Bishop of Auxerre who reposed circa 873.
DEYNIOLEN (DEINIOL, DANIEL), Abbot of Bangor at the time of the sack of Bangor Monastery and the accompanying massacre of its monks by King Æthelfrith of Northumbria (616). St. Deyniolen seems to have escaped the slaughter and reposed, most likely from natural causes, circa 621.
MAURUS, (Date Unknown – Possibly Third Century), born to Christian parents in Africa Proconsularis, like many Christians of his era, St. Maurus went on a pilgrimage to Rome, where he spent three years evangelising and helping those facing hardship. He was arrested, tortured, and finally beheaded.
PRAGMATIUS, a Bishop of Autun who reposed circa 520.
SAVINIAN (SABINIAN) of MÉNAT, (Eighth Century), the third Abbot of Moutier-Saint-Chaffre.
TIGRIDIA (TRIGIDIA), a daughter of Count Sancho Garcia of Castile, the founder of the double Monastery of San Salvador (Holy Saviour) in Oña, in the province of Burgos. St. Tigridia spent her live as a nun in that monastery, reposing circa 925.
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”.