Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
12th June (NS) — 30th May (OS)
30th May O.S.
ANASTASIUS, commonly called St. Anastasius II to distinguish him from a fourth century predecessor of the same name. St. Anastasius was a convert to orthodox Christianity from Arianism, who was consecrated Bishop of Pavia in Lombardy 668. As Bishop, St. Anastasius was noted his dedication to the purity of the Faith, and his skill as a pastor to his flock. He reposed 668.
EXUPERANTIUS, the nineteenth Bishop of Ravenna, St. Exuperantius served for twenty years until his repose 418. He is remembered not just for his spiritual care of his flock, but his great charity as well.
FELIX I, succeeding St. Dionysius (26th December) as the twenty-sixth Pope of Rome in 269. St. Felix is believed to have been the Pope who sanctioned the practice of celebrating anniversary Masses at the graves of martyrs, and/or decreed that Mass must always be celebrated over the relics of martyrs. He was also the first to condemn the heretical teachings of Paul of Samosata. St. Felix reposed 274.
GABINUS (GAVINO) and CRISPULUS (MARTYRS of TORRES), missionaries in Sardinia who were martyred circa 130, during the persecutions under Emperor Hadrian (r. 117 – 138).
GAMO, there is no information on St. Gamo extant beyond that he flourished in the eighth century and was an Abbot of the Abbey at Brétigny near Noyon in Picardy.
HUBERT (HUGBERT) of BRÉTIGNY, though his family disapproved of it, and his young age of twelve years, St. Hubert received monastic tonsure at the Abbey at Brétigny near Noyon. He reposed circa 714.
MADELGISILUS (MAUGUILLE), a disciple and close aid of St. Fursey (16th January). St. Madelgisilus was an Irish monk who spent several years at St. Riquier Abbey. He then left the Abbey to spend the rest of his days as a hermit in Picardy. St. Madelgisilus reposed circa 655.
VENANTIUS, the elder brother of St. Honoratus (16th January). St. Venantius lived as a hermit on an island off the Côte d’Azur, as well as living and studying in monastic communities in Greece, Egypt, and Palestine. St. Venantius reposed circa 400.
WALSTAN, a farm labourer in Norfolk, England, who lived an austere life filled with prayer. He was renowned for his charity and upon his repose in 1016 was immediately venerated as a saint by his contemporaries.
12th June N.S.
BASILIDES, CYRINUS, NABOR, and NAZARIUS, four illustrious Roman martyrs of the Diocletianic Persecution (304). They are said to be members of the nobility and soldiers possibly officers, and to have been martyred on the Aurelian Way.
GEREBALD, the seventeenth Bishop of Saône, often incorrectly stated as Châlons-sur-Seine. St. Gerebald was consecrated 864 and served twenty-one years, until his repose 885
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”.
LEO III, ninety-sixth Pope of Rome, elected the day after his predecessor Pope Adrian I reposed, primarily to defeat the machinations of Adrian’s relations who wanted one of Adrian’s nephews as Pope. Throughout his papacy, St. Leo had to contend with slander, assault, torture, and arrest. St. Leo was Pope during the first Iconoclastic Controversy (730 – 787), and was a firm Iconodule, as well as opponent of the addition of the Filioque to the Creed, and had a set of tablets engraved with the Creed, sans Filioque, as well as the line: “HAEC LEO POSUI AMORE ET CAUTELA ORTHODOXAE FIDEI” (I, Leo, placed these here for the love and protection of the Orthodox faith) affixed to the tombs of SS. Peter and Paul (29th June). St. Leo reposed 816.
ODULPH (ODULPHUS), a priest from Brabant, who worked with St. Frederick (18th July) evangelising the Frisians. He later served as Canon of the cathedral of Utrecht, and founded a monastery at Stavoren in West Friesland. St. Odulph reposed circa 855.
TERNAN, (Fifth or Sixth Century), St. Ternan was an early missionary bishop amongst the Picts. The chronology and details of the various accounts of his life are at odds with one another, with some saying he was consecrated by St. Palladius (7th July) who reposed 440, and others that he was a contemporary or even disciple of St. Servan (1st July) who reposed circa 583. Based upon entries in the Aberdeen Martyrology (the predecessor to the Aberdeen Breviary the safest assumption is that he was a contemporary of St. Servan, which would place him in the sixth century.