Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

AVENTINUS of LARBOUST, a hermit in the Larboust valley in the Pyrenees (French-Spanish border region) who was martyred in 732 by the Moors as they invaded Gaul (France).

COLMAN of DROMORE, St. Colman was the founding Bishop of Dromore in Co. Down, Ireland, and a wonderworker. Little is known of his life, though it is said he was a student of St. Ailbe of Emly (12th September) and the teacher of St. Finian of Clonard (12th December). All the calendars and martyrologies say that St. Coleman was a friend of St. Macanisius of Connor (3rd September), however, I question this as St. Macanisius reposed in 514, and St. Colman reposed circa 585.

DEOCHAR, a hermit near Fulda in present-day Hesse, Germany. St. Deochar was a spiritual child of the eminent Anglo-Saxon scholar/educator Alcuin of York (†804) at Aachen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), before being appointed by Charlemagne (r. 768–814) to be the first Abbot of the Abbey of St. Vitus (St. Vitus Kloister) in Herrieden, Bavaria (Germany), and assisted in the translation of the relics of St. Boniface of Mainz (5th June) to Fulda Cathedral in 819. St. Deochar is said to have restored a young boy’s eyesight through prayer. St. Deochar reposed in 847.

HABENTIUS, JEREMIAH, PETER, SABINIAN, WALLABONSUS, and WISTREMUNDUS, Martyrs of Córdoba, a group of monks near Córdoba (Spain) martyred in 851 during the reign of Emir Abd ar-Rahman II (r. 822–852). Several days after their death, the Moors burned their bodies, and the ashes were disposed of in the Guadalquivir River to prevent Christians from venerating the relics of these martyrs.

MERIADOC, (Date Uncertain), though venerated primarily in Cornwall (England) and Brittany (France), St. Meriadoc was most likely Welsh. Crossing over to Brittany, he lived for a while as a hermit in Rohan, and was later consecrated Bishop of Vannes in Brittany.

ODO of MASSAY, Abbot of the Abbey of Saint-Martin de Massay in present-day Centre-Val de Loire, France, from 935 until his repose 967.

VULFLAGIUS (VULPHY, WULFLAGIUS) of ABBEVILLE, a priest and hermit near Abbeville in Picardy (France). St. Vulflagius reposed circa 653, following his repose a significant cultus of St. Vulflagius developed in nearby Montreuil-sur-Mer.

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.