Western Saints of the Orthodox Church<br class="clearfix"> — <br class="clearfix">25th August
AREDIUS (YRIEIX, YRIEZ) of LIMOGES, chancellor to Theudebert I, King of Austrasia (r. 533–548). St. Aredius was called to the life of a monastic and used his inheritance to found a monastery south of Limoges that is now called Saint-Yrieix. He is also the namesake for the various French towns and villages called St. Yrieix. St. Aredius reposed in 591.
ÆBBE (EBBA, EBBE) the ELDER, St. Æbbe the Elder was a sister of King St. Oswald of Northumbria (5th August) and King St. Oswine of Deira (20th August) and received monastic tonsure at Lindisfarne. She went on to become the founding Abbess of the double monastery at Coldingham in Scotland. St. Æbbe maintained friendships with SS. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (20th March) and Adamnán of Iona (23rd September), and was the spiritual mother of St. Æthelthryth of Ely (23rd June). St. Æbbe reposed in 683.
Troparion of St. Æbbe the Elder — Tone VIII
In thee, O mother, that which is fashioned according to the image of
God was preserved; for, having taken up thy cross, thou didst follow
Christ, and by thine example didst teach that the flesh is to be
disdained as passing, but that the soul must be cared for as a thing
immortal. Wherefore, thy spirit doth rejoice with the angels,
O venerable Æbbe.
EUSEBIUS, PONTIAN, VINCENT, and PEREGRINUS of ROME, martyrs at Rome circa 192 during the reign of the Emperor Commodus (r. 180–192). Their relics were translated to Vienne, France in the ninth century.
GENESIUS (GENÈS) of ARLES, a notary in Arles (southern France), who, when an imperial decree ordering the persecution of Christians was read in his presence, declared himself to be a Christian and fled. St. Genesius was captured and subsequently martyred circa 303.
GENESIUS the ACTOR (of ROME), an actor who, after having performed several plays mocking Christianity, had a conversion experience in the midst of a performance, and immediately proclaimed his faith in Christ. St. Genesius, even when facing torture and death, refused to renounce his faith, and was martyred. The exact date is uncertain, though it is said to have been during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian (r. 284–305).
GERINUS (GUARINUS, WANNUS), (Seventh Century), the son of St. Sigrada (8th August), and brother St. Leodegarius of Autun (2nd October). St. Gerinus was martyred by stoning under the tyranical Mayor of the Palace of Neustria Ebroin (†680/1), near Arras, France in 676.
GERUNTIUS of ITALICA, a first century missionary in Spain who is believed to have served as Bishop of Talco (Seville), and been martyred.
GREGORY of UTRECHT, a disciple of St. Boniface (5th June). Following the martyrdom of St. Boniface, St. Gregory assumed leadership of the Church of Utrecht (central Netherlands). He has always been styled Bishop of Utrecht, though it is unclear whether he received Episcopal consecration. St. Gregory reposed in 781.
HUNEGUND of HOMBLIERES, having been betrothed against her will, whilst on a pilgrimage to Rome, with her bridegroom, she was released from her marital vows and received monastic tonsure from Pope St. Vitalian (27th January). After returning to France St. Hunegonde entered the abbey at Homblieres (northern France) — later named the Abbey of St. Hunegonde / l'abbaye Sainte-Hunegonde — where she spent the rest of her life. St. Hunegonde reposed in 690.
MAGINUS (MAXIMUS), a hermit, and wonder-worker, in the mountains near Tarragonia in Spain. He was beheaded circa 304. The name Magi, which is common is Tarragonia, maybe derived from his name.
MARCIAN of SAIGNON, a native of Saignon in the department of Vaucluse in southern France. St. Marcian was the founding abbot of the Abbey of St. Eusebius of Saignon (l'abbaye Saint-Eusèbe de Saignon) in the Diocese of Apt, and reposed in 485.
NEMESIUS and LUCILLA of ROME, Nemesius, a deacon, and Lucilla, his daughter, are numbered amongst those Christians martyred in Rome during the reign of the Emperor Valerian (r. 253–260).
PATRICIA of NAPLES, a noblewoman from Constantinople, possibly related to the imperial family, who fled to Rome in order to escape marriage. Whilst in Rome she received monastic tonsure. returning to Constantinople, she renounced any claim to the imperial crown, and distributed her wealth to the poor. St. Patricia then set out on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, however her ship encountered a storm and she was shipwrecked on the shores of Naples, shortly afterwards she succumbed to disease and reposed circa 665. St. Patricia is one of the patron-saints of Naples.
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”.