Western Saints of the Orthodox Church<br class="clearfix"> — <br class="clearfix">8th August
CYRIACUS, LARGUS, SMARAGDUS, and COMPANIONS, Martyrs of the Salarian Way, St. Cyriacus, a Deacon, along with SS. Largus, Smaragdus, and more than twenty companions whose names are only known to God, were in 303 added to the list of martyrs in Rome of the Diocletianic Persecution.
ELLIDIUS (ILLOG), (Seventh Century), St. Ellidius appears to be the patron saint of Hirnant, the village church being the Parish of St. Illog, Montgomeryshire, Wales. He is also the patron of a church in the Scilly Islands. The name “St. Helen’s Isle” is an English corruption of the Cornish Enys Elidius.
GEDEON of BESANÇON, nothing is known of his life other than he served as the Bishop of Besançon (eastern France) from 790 until his repose in 796.
LEOBALD (LEODEBOD) of FLEURY, abbot of Abbey of St. Aignan of Orléans (abbaye de Saint-Aignan d'Orléans). St. Leobald left St. Aignan to found the abbey which became the Abbey of St. Benedict on the Loire (abbaye de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire — Fleury Abbey) after his successor St. Mummolus of Fleury (vide infra) translated the relics of SS. Benedict of Nuria (11th July) and Scholastica (10th February). St. Leobald reposed in 650.
MUMMOLUS (MOMMOLUS, MOMMOLENUS) of FLEURY, the second Abbot of the Abbey of St. Benedict on the Loire (abbaye de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire — Fleury Abbey). St. Mummolus served as Abbot for 30 years, during which time he had the relics of SS. Benedict of Nursia (11th July) and Scholastica (10th February) translated from Italy to Fleury. After which, the abbey became known as Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire. Towards the end of his life St. Mummolus made a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Apostle James (St. James the Great) at Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain. Whilst returning to Fleury circa 678, St. Mummolus stopped at Abbey of Sante Croix de Bordeaux, Aquitaine (present-day France), to recover from his exhaustion, and reposed at the Abbey shortly after his arrival.
RATHARD of DIESSEN (DIEßEN), a nobleman who after being ordained to the priesthood, built a church and the first Abbey of Diessen (Kloster Dießen) in present-day Dießen am Ammersee, Landsberg, Bavaria in Germany. St. Rathard reposed in 815.
SEVERUS of VIENNE, a priest, some say from India, who came to Vienne (south-eastern France) to enlighten the last of the pagans in that region. St. Severus reposed circa 445.
SIGRADA, the Mother of SS. Gerinus (25th August) and Leodegarius of Autun (2nd October), and Grandmother of St. Liutwin of Trier (29th September). Following the repose of her husband, St. Sigrada entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Soissons (L’abbaye Notre-Dame de Soissons) in Neustria (northern France) and received monastic tonsure. She reposed circa 678, shortly after her sons were martyred.
TERNATIUS (TERNISCUS) of BESANÇON, the eleventh, documentable, Bishop of Besançon in present-day eastern France near the Swiss border. St. Ternatius is said to have been an active supporter of monasticism, and charitable works. He reposed in 680.
ULTAN of CRAYKE, (Eighth Century), St. Ultan was an Irish priest at the monastery of St. Peter in Crayke, North Yorkshire, England. He was a highly regarded master of the art of illuminating manuscripts.
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”.