Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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


Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome

AMOR (AMOUR) of FRANCHE-COMTÉ, (Date Unknown), there is no longer any information of the life and repose of St. Amor extant. His relics are enshrined at Saint-Amour in Burgundy (east-central France), though his cultus seems to have been centred in Franche-Comté, 80km / 50mi to the north-east.

AUTOR (ADINCTOR, AUTEUR) of METZ, (Fifth Century), the thirteenth Bishop of Metz (north-east France). His relics were translated to the Abbey of St. Stephen of Marmoutier (l’abbaye Saint-Étienne de Marmoutier) in Marmoutier, Alsace (eastern France) in 830.

BANDARIDUS (BANDERIK, BANDERY) of SOISSONS, Bishop of Soissons (northern France) from 540 until his repose in 566, though he was sent into exile to England by Clotaire I, King of the Franks (r. 551–558) in 547, and was not able to return until 554. During his time in England, St. Bandaridus worked anonymously as gardener at an English Abbey the name of which is no longer known.

DOMITIAN of CHÂLONS, (Date Uncertain), the third Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne (present-day Châlons-en-Champagne north-eastern France). He was known for his zeal and success in converting heathens. St. Domitian was buried in the same grave as his predecessor, St. Donatian of Châlons-sur-Marne (7th August).

FIRMUS and RUSTICUS of VERONA, (Third Century), prominent citizens of Bergamo (northern Italy) during the reign of Emperor Maximian (r. 286–305). SS. Firmus and Rusticus were scourged and beheaded at Verona (northern Italy) for refusing to offer sacrifices to idols. Their relics are enshrined in Bergamo and Verona.

NATHY (DAVID), (Sixth Century), a disciple of St. Finnian of Clonard (12th December), St. Nathy went on to be the founding abbot of a monastery at Achonry, Co. Sligo, Ireland. It has been said that he was consecrated bishop, however, the noted hagiographer and historian John Colgan O.F.M. (†c. 1657) and all other reputable sources list him as a priest. Though renowned for the austerity of his life, he was even more celebrated for the loving kindness he showed to the poor. St. Nathy reposed at an advanced age, circa 600, and is the patron saint of the Irish diocese of Achonry.

NUMIDICUS and COMPANIONS, a group of martyrs burnt at the stake circa 251 at Carthage (a present-day suburb of Tunis, Tunisia) during the Decian persecution. One tradition states St. Numidicus was dragged, still breathing, out of the ashes of the funeral pyre and was ordained priest, possibly by St. Cyprian of Carthage (16th September).

PHELIM (FIDLEMINUS), (Sixth Century), An Irish priest, St. Phelim is reputed to have been a disciple of St. Columba of Iona (9th June). He lived as a hermit and over time the town of Kilmore, Co. Cavan, of which he is the main patron saint, grew around his cell.

14th-century fresco of Saints Secundian, Marcellian, and Verian at the Basilica of San Pietro, in Tuscania, Viterbo, Lazio Region, Italy.

14th-century fresco of SS. Secundian, Marcellian, and Verian at the Basilica of San Pietro, in Tuscania, Viterbo, Lazio Region, Italy.

ROMANUS OSTIARIUS, martyred in 258 at Rome. Though the details of his life are unclear, one tradition has him as a companion in the martyrdom of St. Laurence of Rome (10th August), and buried in the Catacomb of the Cyriaca on the Via Tiburtina.

RUSTICUS of SIRMIUM, (Fourth Century?), a martyr at Sirmium in Pannonia (present-day Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) of whom no other details are extant.

SECUNDIAN, MARCELLIAN, and VERIAN, Martyrs of Civitavecchia, martyred in 250 at Civitàvecchia (Metropolitan Rome), during the Decian Persecution (250–251). St. Secundian is thought to have been a Senator or other type of prominent official;, whilst SS. Marcellian and Verian are generally described as “Scholastics”, most likely students, or possibly scholars.

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.