Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome 19th February (NS) — 6th February (OS) 2020
AMAND (AMANDUS) of MAASTRICHT, a native of Lower Poitou, St. Amand received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Hilaire on the Île d'Yeu. His family was so firmly against him becoming a monk that they tried to have him kidnapped and undergo the seventh century equivalent of deprogramming. Needless to say, his family were not successful. After a few years at St. Hilaire Abbey, St. Amand moved to Bourges to study under St. Austregisilus (20th May) Bishop of Bourges. In Bourges, he lived as a hermit for fifteen years. Following a pilgrimage to Rome, St. Amand was consecrated a missionary bishop, and at the request of King Clothaire II (r. 613–629), was sent to Flanders to evangelise the people. During his time in Flanders, he founded a monastery on the banks of the Elnon stream. Towards the end of his life, St. Amand retired to live at his monastery, reposing there circa 675.
ANDREW of ELNON, a disciple of St. Amandus (vide supra) at Elnon, whom he succeeded as Abbot. He reposed circa 690.
ANTHOLIAN (ANATOLIANUS), CASSIUS, LIMINIUS, MAXIMUS, and VICTORINUS, Martyrs of Auvergne, according to St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) they were all martyred in Auvergne (south-central France) during the Valerian Persecution (257–260).
JACUT and GUETHENOC, (fifth century), disciples of St. Budoc (9th December), who were forced to flee to Brittany along with their spiritual father. Their parents were SS. Fragan and Gwen (5th July), and their brother, the much better known, St. Winwalöe (Gwenaloe) (3rd March).
MEL (MELCHNO), he is commonly believed to have been one of the four sons of St. Patrick's (17th March) sister St. Darerca (22nd March) and her husband Conis. They all accompanied their uncle to Ireland with St. Mel becoming the first Bishop of Ardagh. St. Mel reposed circa 490; he is the patron saint of the Roman Catholic diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, and is commemorated in the name of the cathedral church of the diocese in Longford.
MUN, St. Mun was one of the four nephews of St. Patrick (17th March), who joined their uncle in his apostolic labours. St. Patrick consecrated him bishop over the area of the present Co. Longford. St. Mun ended his days as a hermit on an island in Lough Ree.
TANCO (TANCHO, TATTA), an Irish monk who worked to enlighten the pagans of Saxony. St. Tanco served as fourth Abbot of Amorbach Abbey in Lower Franconia, Bavaria probably from circa 785 to circa 788, when he was consecrated Bishop of Bishop of Verden. Most sources list him as being the third bishop, however, the extent records were altered or damaged in the thirteenth century, and the supposed first bishop, Swibrecht, is, as far as can be determined, purely legendary. St. Tanco was martyred by pagans in 808.
VEDAST (VAAST, VAAT, GASTON, FOSTER), St. Vedast assisted St. Remigius (1st October) in his evangelisation of the Franks. When Clovis I, King of the Franks, (r. 481–511) decided to become a Christian, St. Vedast served as his catechist, and later as one of his advisors. In 499 St. Remigius consecrated St. Vedast Bishop of Arras with responsibility for the Diocese of Cambrai was added by St. Remigius in 510. St. Vedast served both dioceses until his repose in 539.
BARBATUS (BARBAS), a native of Benevento, ordained to the priesthood at an early age. St. Barbatus quickly gained a reputation as passionate preacher whose zeal soon earned the enmity of his flock. Forced to resign his parish, St. Barbatus returned to Benevento, there he encountered a pagan resurgence combined with a defiant citizenry when exposed to the Gospel. Soon, completely unrelated to the issues in the city, Benevento found itself under siege by the forces of Emperor Constans II (r. 641–668). This crisis made the population renounce their paganism and embrace Christianity. St. Barbatus assured his flock the siege would end, and it did. After the siege, St. Barbatus was chosen to succeed the Bishop of Benevento, who had perished in the siege. As bishop amongst other activities, St. Barbatus attended the Sixth Œcumenical Council (680–681), at which the Monophysite heresy was condemned. St. Barbatus reposed in 682.
BEATUS, a monk at the Monastery of Santo Toribio in Liebana, near present-day Santander Spain. St. Beatus and was famous for his writing and preaching which unflinchingly condemned the heresy of Adoptionism. Following the abandonment of this heresy, St. Beatus retired to the monastery of Our Lady of Valcavado, in the province of Palencia. There he wrote his celebrated Commentary on the Apocalypse. St. Beatus reposed in 789.
GABINUS, a member of the imperial roman nobility, and apparently related to Emperor Diocletian. St. Gabinus was a priest, the brother of Pope Gaius and father of the martyr St. Susanna (11th August). He was martyred by starvation, circa 295 during the Diocletianic Persecution
GEORGE of LODÈVE, a monk at the Abbey of Saint-Foy-de-Conques in present-day Occitanie, France. Following the destruction of the abbey in 862 by Vikings, St. George relocated to the nearby Abbey of Vabres. Towards the end of his life, St. George was consecrated Bishop of Lodève, Languedoc. St. George reposed circa 884.
MANSUETUS, consecrated forty-first Bishop of Milan circa 672. He is remembered for revitalising his See and for authoring a controversial treatise against Monothelitism. St. Mansuetus reposed circa 690.
ODRAN, whilst he is traditionally believed to have been St. Patrick’s (17th March) charioteer and the first Irish martyr, circa 452, there is no reliable information on this saint extant.
PUBLIUS, JULIAN, MARCELLUS, and COMPANIONS, (Date Unknown), martyrs in North Africa of who there is no further information extant.
QUODVULTDEUS, Bishop of Carthage in North Africa, exiled, along with many of his clerics, to Naples after the Arian Gaiseric, King of the Vandals (r. 428 - 477), conquered Carthage in 439. After arriving in Naples, St. Quodvultdeus and companions set about ministering to the population. He reposed in Naples in 450 and was quickly acclaimed a saint by the population that had witnessed his patience in the face of adversity.
VALERIUS, the second Bishop of Antibes, he reposed circa 450.
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”.