Western Saints of the Orthodox Church <br class="clearfix">—<br class="clearfix"> 7th November
AMARAND, an Abbot of the Abbey of St. Peter (abbaye Saint-Pierre de Moissac) in Moissac (south-western France), who was Bishop of Albi (southern France) at the end of the seventh century. St. Amarand reposed circa 700.
AMARANTHUS, a third century martyr at Vieux near Albi (southern France). His relics are enshrined at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Cecilia of Albi (Basilique Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d'Albi).
BLINLIVET (BLEVILEGUETUS), (Ninth Century), a Bishop of Vannes in Brittany (north-western France), who spent the last years of his life as a monk at Quimper Abbey.
CYNGAR (CUNGAR, CONGAR, CUNGARUS), (Sixth Century or possibly early Eighth Century), said to have been a son of Geraint, Prince of Devon. St. Congar founded monasteries at Badgeworth and Congresbury (where he is buried) in Somerset, as well as at Llangennith (Welsh: Llangenydd/Llangynydd) in Gower, south Wales. It is generally believed that he flourished in the sixth century, though the English Menology states it was during the reign of Ine, King of the West Saxons (r. 689–726). The calendar of the Moscow Patriarchate lists St. Congar, Bishop of Somerset on 27th November, albeit without a year of repose.
Troparion of St. Congar — Tone VIII
In Congarsbury's monastery thou wast laid to rest, O Father Congar,/
Evangeliser of Somerset and teacher of monastics./
Pray to God for us, that we may worthily follow in thy footsteps/
bringing the light of the Faith to those who languish in the darkness of unbelief,/
making this a second Age of Saints, that thereby many souls may be saved.
FLORENTIUS of STRASBOURG, an Irishman who emigrated to the Continent where he settled and built a monastery in the forest near present-day Niederhaslach, France. St. Florentius was consecrated Bishop of Strasbourg (north-eastern France) circa 678 serving that See until his repose circa 693.
GÉBÉTRUDE (GERTRUDE) of REMIREMONT, a granddaughter of St. Romaricus of Remiremont (8th December) and sister of St. Adelphus of Remiremont (11th September), St. Gébétrude was educated at Remiremont Abbey near the Vosges Mountains (north-eastern France). At the completion of her studies, St. Gébétrude received monastic tonsure at the Abbey, and later served as its third abbess. St. Gébétrude reposed circa 675.
HERCULANUS of PERUGIA, a Bishop of Perugia in Umbria (central Italy). St. Herculanus was beheaded in 549 by Ostrogoth soldiers by the order of the Arian Totila, King of the Ostrogoths (r. 541–552).
PROSDOCIMUS of PADUA, the first Bishop of Padua (northern Italy), who, according to tradition was sent there by the Apostle Peter (29th June ). St. Prosdocimus reposed circa 100.
PROSDOCIMUS of RIETI, (First Century), the first Bishop of Rieti (central Italy).
RAVERRANUS of SÉEZ, a late seventh century Bishop of Séez in Normandy (north-western France). St. Raverranus reposed in 682. No further information on his life is extant.
RUFUS of METZ, an early Bishop of Metz (north-east France). No information on St. Rufus is extant. He is thought to have reposed circa 400.
TREMORUS (TRÉMEUR) of BRITTANY, (Sixth Century), the infant son of St. Triphina of Brittany (5th July) and educated by Saint Gildas the Wise (29th January). St. Tremorus' pagan father, Count Conmore, whose hatred for Christianity seemingly had no bounds, beheaded his son solely for being Christian.
WILLIBRORD (CLEMENT) of ECHTERNACH, Apostle of the Frisians, a Northumbrian missionary to the Low Countries. Working with eleven other monks, St. Willibrord brought many Frisians to Christ. St. Willibrord was consecrated the first Bishop of Utrecht (central Netherlands) circa 696, taking the name of Clement. St. Willibrord reposed circa 739.
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”.