Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

AUGUSTINE of TERRACINA and PAULINUS of TERRACINA, (Sixth Century), two monks whom St. Benedict of Nursia (21st March) charged with the founding of a monastery at Terracina in the present-day province of Latina, Italy.

BERTILLE (BERTILLA), St. Bertille received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of Our Lady of Jouarre (abbaye Notre-Dame de Jouarre) in Jouarre (north-central France), and later served as the first Abbess of the re-founded Abbey of Our Lady of Chelles (abbaye Notre-Dame-des-Chelles) just east of Paris. She served as abbess from 646 until her repose circa 703.

DOMINATOR of BRESCIA, a late fifth century Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy (northern Italy). St. Dominator reposed circa 495.

FELIX of TERRACINA and EUSEBIUS of TERRACINA, two first century martyrs at Terracina in the present-day province of Latina, Italy.

FIBITIUS, there are no verifiable details of St. Fibitius extant. Some sources list him as the abbot of an unnamed monastery in Trier, others as Bishop of Trier. St. Fibitius reposed circa 500.

HERMENEGILD, a monk at an abbey in the Diocese of Tui in Galatia (north-western Spain). St. Hermenegild assisted St. Rudesind (1st March) building abbeys and monasteries throughout Galatia. He reposed in 586.

KANTEN (CANNEN), (Eighth Century), the founder of Llanganten Abbey near Cilmery in Powys, Wales. There is no further information on his life extant.

KEA (KAY, KENAN), (Sixth Century), what little is known of St. Kea's life comes from a seventeenth-century précis of a now lost Latin hagiography, and an incomplete sixteenth-century Cornish language play that was lost until 2000. Hence any details of his life should be viewed with scepticism.

The extant documents relate that St. Kea was the son of King Lleuddun Luyddog of Lothian and was a bishop in north Britain before becoming a hermit. Traveling first to Wales, St. Kea then headed south, founding churches at Street in Somerset, and Landkey Devonshire. St. Kea finally settled at what is today Kea in Cornwall, which takes its name from him. He is also believed to have spent some time in Brittany, where he is venerated as St. Quay, and may have reposed there.

Troparion of St. Kea — Tone I

Thou wast unsparing in thy missionary labours/

in Brittany and Cornwall, O Hierarch Kea./

As thou didst make the flame of the Orthodox Faith/

burn brightly in the face of defiant paganism,/

pray to God for us, that we devote our lives to confronting the paganism of our times/

for the glory of Christ's Kingdom and the salvation of men's souls.

LAETUS (LIÉ, LYÉ) of ORLÉANS, according to pious legend, St. Laetus received monastic tonsure at the age of twelve at an unknown monastery near Orléans (north-central France). Some sources state St. Leonard of Noblac (6th November) was one of his disciples. St. Laetus reposed circa 533, and his relics were enshrined at Saint-Lyé-la-Forêt, which takes its name from him.

MAGNUS of MILAN, Archbishop of Milan from circa 520 until his repose in 525. The Roman Martyrology calls him a confessor. His cultus seems to have begun not long after his repose. This is the limit of what is known of St. Magnus.

SPINULUS (SPINULA, SPIN) of MOYENMOUTIER, a disciple of St. Hidulf (11th July) at his abbey in Moyenmoutier (north-eastern France). St. Spinulus reposed in either 707 or 720.

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.