Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

ALBERIC of STAVELOT, an Abbot of the Princely Abbey of Stavelot-Malmedy (Fürstabtei Stablo-Malmedy) in present-day southern Belgium who reposed in 779.

ANASTASIA the ELDER and CYRIL of ROME, known as "the Elder" to differentiate her from a martyr of a later date of the same name (most likely St. Anastasia of Sirmium [25th December]). In Rome during the Valerian Persecution (257–260), under the direction of the Prefect Probus, St. Anastasia was subjected to unspeakable torture including having her breasts cut off, fingernails pulled out, and her teeth broken. Still refusing to deny Christ, St. Anastasia was beheaded. At one point during her torture she asked for a glass of water, which was given to her by a bystander, St. Cyril, who was then martyred with St. Anastasia as a reward for his simple act of kindness.

ANGLINUS of STAVELOT, a mid-eighth century Abbot of the Princely Abbey of Stavelot-Malmedy (Fürstabtei Stablo-Malmedy) in present-day southern Belgium. St. Anglinus reposed circa 768.

CYRILLA of ROME, the daughter of St. Tryphonia of Rome (18th October), and martyred in Rome for her faith during the reign of the Emperor Claudius II (r. 268–270). Both St. Cyrilla and St. Tryphonia were renowned for their charity and other good works.

DORBHENE (DORBHENEUS) of IONA, a descendent of a brother of St. Columba of Iona (9th June), St. Dorbhene served as the twelfth Abbot of Iona for only five months, from June until his repose in October, 713. An original manuscript copy of a Life of St. Columba, often attributed to St. Adamnán of Iona (23rd September ), which names the scribe as Dorbhene (‘pro me Dorbbeneo Dominum deprecetur’), is in the collection of the Stadtbibliothek Schaffhausen in Switzerland.

EADSIGE (EADSIN), St. Eadsige was the thirty-third Archbishop of Canterbury (1038–1050). He crowned Edward (the Confessor), King of England (r. 1042–1066), the penultimate Anglo-Saxon King of England, and last monarch of the House of Wessex. St. Eadsige reposed in 1050.

FARO of MEAUX, a brother of SS. Burgundofara (3rd April) and Cagnoald of Laon (6th September). By mutual agreement, St. Faro and his wife separated, each receiving monastic tonsure. St. Faro was consecrated Bishop of Meaux (metropolitan Paris) circa 626 and served that See until his repose circa 675. According to Hildegaire, author of Vita et miracula sancti Faronis episcopi Meldensis, a life of St. Faro, and Bishop of Meaux circa 856–circa 873/876, St. Faro was the 20th Bishop of Meaux.

FERRUTIUS, a Roman soldier stationed in Mainz (western Germany) who was ordered to participate in idolatrous worship as part of his military duties. St. Ferrutius requested to be discharged from the army, rather than violate his Christian faith. His request was met with imprisonment where he reposed due to starvation and abuse. The date of his martyrdom is the subject of considerable debate. Though the early fourth century is most probable, there are those who place it as sometime in the fifth century.

FIDELIS of COMO, a Christian in the Roman Army who suffered martyrdom circa 304 in Lombardy during the reign of the Emperor Maximian (r. 286–305).

GODWIN of STAVELOT, a late seventh century Abbot of the Princely Abbey of Stavelot-Malmedy (Fürstabtei Stablo-Malmedy) in present-day southern Belgium. St. Godwin reposed circa 690.

HONORATUS of VERCELLI, a disciple of St. Eusebius of Vercelli (2nd August) whom he accompanied during St. Eusebius' exile. In 396, on the recommendation of St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December) St. Honoratus was consecrated Bishop of Vercelli, in the Piedmont region of present-day northern Italy. St. Honoratus reposed in 415.

REMIGIUS of LYONS, consecrated Archbishop of Lyons (east-central France) in 852, St. Remigius served that See until his repose in 875.

SALVIUS (SAIRE), a sixth century hermit at what is now the village of Saint-Saire in Normandy (north-western France).

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.