Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

AMOLVIN (AMULWINUS) , Abbot-Bishop of the Abbey of St. Peter of Lobbes (l'abbaye Saint-Pierre de Lobbes) from 737, when he succeeded St. Erminus (25th April), until his repose circa 750. St. Amolvin's relics are enshrined at Binche in the present-day Belgian province of Hainaut.

ANATOLIUS, (Date Unknown), said to have been a mid-fifth century Bishop of Cahors in Gaul. However, there is no mention of him in the either the Gallia christiana nor in the Fastes Épiscopaux de l’ancienne Gaule, with the exception of a note where, the author, Roman Catholic Priest and Critical Historian Louis Duchesne (†1922), posits that St. Anatolius was the invention of Jesuit priest and theologian Victor de Buck, who introduced St. Anatolius in the Acta Sanctorum Octobris Tomus IX.

AUGULUS (AUGURIUS, AULE), (Fourth Century), as with so many saints of his era, there is little in the way of reliable information of his life extant. The Martyrology of St. Jerome lists St. Augulus as a bishop, whilst other ancient authorities describe him as a martyr who laid down his life for Christ in London. This would have been during the Diocletianic Persecution in which St. Alban (22nd June) suffered circa 303. It is possible St. Augulus was not a saint of the British Isles, as he has also been identified by some French authorities with St. Ouil or Aule of Normandy.

CHRYSOLIUS, (Date Unknown), an Armenian who travelled to Gaul and Flanders to evangelise the region. St. Chrysolius was, at some point after his arrival in Flanders, consecrated bishop. Though his travel from Armenia to Flanders was during the Diocletianic Persecution, St. Chrysolius managed to avoid any persecution by Roman authorities. However, he as martyred by pagans in Flanders. St. Chrysolius' relics were enshrined at St. Donatian's Church in Bruges in present-day Belgium.

FIDELIS, a Greek, who as part of a merchant venture, settled in Mérida in the early to mid-sixth century. Once there, he became a disciple of Paul, Bishop of that city (according to some sources St. Fidelis was Paul's nephew), whom he later succeeded. St. Fidelis reposed circa 570.

JULIANA of BOLOGNA, a matron in Bologna whose husband, with her consent, left her to become a priest. Having successfully raised her children, St. Juliana dedicated the rest of her life to service to the Church and poor. Her work was praised by St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December). St. Juliana reposed in 435.

LAURENCE of SIPONTO, also called St. Lorenzo Maiorano, he was Bishop of Siponto in Puglia from 492 until his repose circa 546. Following a series of visions of the Archangel Michael on Mount Gargano, St. Laurence built a shrine to the Archangel on the mountain.

Orthodox Christian Icon of English Saint, St. Richard the King

Icon of St. Richard the King

MELDON (MEDON), (Sixth Century), an Irish hermit in Gaul. Nothing is known about St. Meldon beyond his repose at Péronne, and the existence of several churches in the area which are dedicated to him.

RICHARD, he appears to have been an Anglo-Saxon chieftain or Under-King in Wessex, most likely of a part of Devonshire. Married to a relative of St. Boniface (5th June), the Apostle of Germany, King St. Richard was the father of three Saints: SS. Willibald (7th July), Winebald (18th December), and Walburga (25th February). St. Richard reposed in 722 at Lucca in Tuscany whilst on a pilgrimage to Rome. Many miracles, the details of which are now lost to us, testified to his sanctity.

TRESSAN (TRÉSAIN), a missionary from Ireland who was ordained to the priesthood by St. Remigius (1st October). St. Tressan worked tirelessly to bring Christ to the people of the Champagne region of present-day France. He reposed in 550, and he has been venerated continuously in the area around Reims for over 1,000 years.

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.