Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

AQUILINUS, GEMINUS, EUGENE, MARCIAN, QUINTUS, THEODOTUS, and TRYPHON, Martyrs of Africa, seven Christians martyred (circa 484) in North Africa during the reign of the Arian Huneric, King of the Vandals (r. 477–484).

DAFROSA (AFFROSA) of ACQUAPENDENTE, wife of St. Flavian of Acquapendente (22nd December), and mother of SS. Bibiana of Rome (2nd December) and Demetria of Rome (21st June). St. Dafrosa was martyred (circa 362) by beheading in the persecutions during the reign of the Emperor Julian the Apostate (r. 361–363).

FERREOLUS of UZÈS, a sixth century Bishop of Uzès in the present-day Occitanie region of France and brother of St. Tarsica of Rodez (15th January). St. Ferreolus founded a monastery in his diocese, and wrote its Rule. He was also exiled from his See for three years by Childebert I, King of Paris (r. 511–558) over political differences. St. Ferreolus reposed in 581.

GREGORY of LANGRES, a governor of Autun, who following the death of his wife, was ordained to the priesthood, and later consecrated sixteenth Bishop of Langres. St. Gregory was noted for the kindness and understanding with which he dealt with his flock. He was the great-uncle of St. Gregory of Tours (17th November). St. Gregory reposed in 539, and was succeeded by his son, St. Tetricus (20th March).

LIBENTIUS (LIÄWIZO) of HAMBURG, a monk who ministered to the poor and sick in Bremen prior to being consecrated Archbishop of Hamburg and Bishop of Bremen (one See) in 988. St. Libentius served his See until his repose in 1013.

MAVILUS (MAJULUS) of HADRUMETUM, martyred in Hadrumetum (present-day Sousse, Tunisia) during the reign of the Roman Emperor Caracalla (r. 198–217) for refusing to worship idols. St. Mavilus was thrown to wild animals to devour. His martyrdom is dated 212.

PHARÄILDIS (VAREIDE, VERYLDE, VEERLE) of GHENT, a young maiden in Ghent, St. Pharäildis, who had made a vow of virginity, and subsequently was married against her will. She was abused by her husband for her insistence on keeping her vow and for her late-night visits to church. When St. Pharäildis was widowed, she was still a virgin. One legend says she caused water to spring forth, which healed sick children. St. Pharäildis reposed circa 740, and is one of the patron saints of Ghent.

PRISCUS, PRISCILLIAN, and BENEDICTA, Martyrs of Rome, three Christians martyred (362) for refusing to renounce their faith during the persecutions under Julian the Apostate (r. 361–363).

RIGOBERT of REIMS, Abbot of L'Abbaye d'Orbais in the Marne region of present-day France, and a celebrated wonderworker, consecrated Archbishop of Reims in 721. St. Rigobert was later exiled by the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia Charles Martel (†741), and an uncanonical intruder was installed. St. Rigobert was later able to return to his See, but to avoid scandal, St. Rigobert deferred to the intruder and spent the rest of his life as a hermit. St. Rigobert reposed circa 745.

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.