Western Saints of the Orthodox Church 29th December
ALBERT of GAMBRON, (Seventh Century), a courtier disillusioned with the emptiness of court life, who became a hermit. He later founded and served as first Abbot of the small Abbey of Gambron-sur-l'Authion.
CALLISTUS, FELIX, and BONIFACE, (Date Unknown), though listed in all major martyrologies as martyrs in Rome, nothing is known of their lives or the dates they flourished.
DOMINIC, VICTOR, PRIMIAN, LYBOSUS, SATURNINUS, CRESCENTIUS, SECUNDUS, and HONORATUS, (Date Unknown), another group of martyrs in North Africa, of whom there is no information extant.
EBRULFUS (EVROULT), a married courtier at the Court of King Childebert III, St. Ebrulfus left Court, made financial provisions for his wife, and entered the Abbaye of Saint-Martin des Deux-Jumeaux in Normandy. St. Later he and some of the other monks left the Abbey to live as hermits in the neighbouring Ouche Forest. St. Ebrulfus reposed in 706.
GIRALD (GIRARD, GIRAUD), having received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Peter of Lagny, St. Girald was selected to serve as Abbot of Saint-Arnoult (Abbey of the Holy Apostles) in Metz. Later he was appointed Abbot of the Abbey of St Wandrille (Fontenelle Abbey) in Normandy, where his reforms were so unpopular that he was murdered in 1031, by one of the monks.
MARTINIAN (MARTINIANUS), consecrated the sixteenth Bishop of Milan in 423, St. Martinian served that See until his repose in 435. Whilst Bishop, he was a participant in the Third Œcumenical Council, and fought against the heresy of Nestorianism. His feast is observed on 2nd January on Eastern Calendars.
TROPHIMUS, sent from Rome circa 250 to evangelise the Gauls, St. Trophimus worked with SS. Saturninus of Toulouse (29th November) and Dionysius of Paris (9th October), and served as the first Bishop of Arles, he reposed circa 280.
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”.