Western Saints of the Orthodox Church <br class="clearfix">—<br class="clearfix"> 25th March
ÆLFWOLD (ALFWOLD), a monk at Winchester, St. Ælfwold was known for his great devotion to SS. Swithun (2nd July) and Cuthbert (20th March). He was consecrated Bishop of Sherborne in 1045, governing that See with great care and enthusiasm until his repose in 1058.
BARONTIUS and DESIDERIUS, Barontius was a nobleman, generally said to have been at the court of King Thierry (Theuderic) II (r. 595–613). This is most likely not the case as St. Barontius reposed in the first quarter of the eighth century. Whatever the case maybe, St. Barontius left the world and received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Cyran of Jambot (abbaye du Saint-Cyran-du-Jambot) in Burgundy. St. Barontius had a vision in which he was instructed to go to Italy and become a hermit near Pistoia in Tuscany. There St. Barontius was joined by St. Desiderius and others. SS. Barontius and Desiderius reposed circa 700 – 725.
HERMENLAND (ERBLON, HERBLAND, HERMELAND), a priest-monk at the Abbey of St. Wandrille in Fontenelle Normandy. St. Hermenland was sent with twelve monks to establish a new monastery on the island in the Loire estuary in Brittany. St. Hermenland reposed circa 720.
HUMBERT, a disciple of St. Amandus of Elnon (6th February), and founding Abbot of an abbey at Marolles in Flanders. St. Humbert reposed circa 680.
IRENAEUS of SIRMIUM, a bishop in Pannonia (present-day Hungary) who was martyred during the Diocletianic Persecution at Sirmium (present-day Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia) in 304.
KENNOCHA (KYLE, ENOCH), a monastic at an abbey in Fife of noble Scottish birth. St. Kennocha was held in great veneration in Scotland, especially in Strathclyde. She reposed at an advanced age in 1007. No further information on this saint is extant.
MARTYRS of ROME, (Date Unknown), a group of two hundred and sixty-two martyrs at Rome. No further information is known about them; however, some sources believe they may possibly be the same group of martyrs commemorated on 1st March.
QUIRINUS, a friend of SS. Marius and Martha (19th January), martyred in Rome, circa 269, during the persecutions during the reign of Emperor Claudius II (r. 268–270).
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”.