Western Saints of the Orthodox Church <br class="clearfix">—<br class="clearfix"> 27th March
ALKELD (ATHILDA), there are two churches in Yorkshire dedicated to this saint about whom nothing is known save for an ancient painting showing St. Alkeld being strangled by Danish pirates. This event may safely be dated to the tenth century.
AMATOR (AMADOR), (Date Unknown), several churches dedicated in Portugal are dedicated to this hermit of whom nothing is known.
AUGUSTA, (Fifth Century), the daughter of the pagan Teutonic Duke of Friuli, who upon learning of St. Augusta’s becoming a Christian, was so angered that he personally beheaded her.
PHILETUS, LYDIA, MACEDO, THEOPREPIUS (THEOPREPIDES), AMPHILOCHIUS, and CRONIDAS, St. Philetus, a senator, his wife St. Lydia, and their children SS. Macedo and Theoprepius, were martyred in Illyria circa 121. Martyred along with St. Philetus and his family were SS. Amphilochius and Cronidas both high ranking officials.
ROMULUS, an Abbot of St. Baudilius Abbey near Nimes. When the Sarasens invaded the area, St. Romulus and his community fled, settling in the ruins of a monastery in Saissy-les-Bois, which they proceeded to refurbish. St. Romulus reposed circa 730.
RUPERT (ROBERT), Apostle of Bavaria and Austria. St. Rupert was a French royal who was consecrated Bishop of Worms and commenced to evangelise the south of Germany. Beginning at Regensburg, St. Rupert worked his way south, settling in the ruins of Iuvavum which had been given to him by Theodo, Duke of Bavaria (†c. 716). There St. Rupert built a monastery for men and one for women where his sister (or niece) St. Ermentrude (30th June) served as first Abbess. These laid the foundation of what came to be Salzburg, Austria. St. Rupert established his See there, and was the first Bishop of Salzburg. St. Rupert reposed circa 717.
SUAIRLECH, an Abbot of Fore Abbey in Co. Westmeath, Ireland. He was known for his zeal, and later consecrated first Bishop of that See. St. Suairlech reposed circa 750.
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”.