Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
2nd January (NS) — 20th December (OS)
20th December O.S.
DOMINIC of BRESCIA, an early seventh century Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy. St. Dominic reposed circa 612.
LIBERATUS and BAJULUS, (Date Unknown), martyrs in Rome, of whom nothing further is known.
URSICINUS, tenth Bishop of Cahors in the Languedoc. Often mentioned in the writings of St. Gregory of Tours (17th November), St. Ursicinus reposed circa 585.
URSICINUS, a friend of St. Columbanus (2nd February), and fellow missionary to the Jura. St. Ursicinus founded a monastery where the present-day village of Saint-Ursanne, Switzerland is. He reposed circa 625.
2nd January N.S.
ADALARD, grandson of Charles Martel and first cousin of Charlemagne, St. Adalard grew up in the royal court, but abandoned it all to receive monastic tonsure at the Royal Abbey of St. Peter of Corbie in Picardy. He was exiled by Charlemagne’s successor, but was recalled after a while. St. Adalard later helped found Corvey Abbey in Saxony. St. Adalard reposed in 827.
ASPASIUS, a Bishop of Auch, who took part in the Councils of Orléans (533, 541, and 549), as well as holding a Council in Auch in 551. He reposed circa 560.
BLIDULF (BLADULF), a disciple of St. Columbanus (23rd November) and monk at Bobbio Abbey in Emilia-Romagna, who was killed on orders of the Arian Lombard king Arioald, for denouncing the Arian heresy.
MARTINIAN (MARTINIANUS), the sixteenth Bishop of Milan, his feast is observed on the Western Calendar on (29th December).
MARTYRS of ROME, a large group of Christians who martyred in Rome, circa 303, during the Diocletianic Persecution for refusing to give up the copies of the Holy Scriptures.
MARTYRS of SIRMIUM, (Third or Fourth Century), a group of Christians martyred at Sirmium, Pannonia (present-day Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). The only extant specifics of the group and its martyrdom is limited to the names of seven of them: Artaxus, Acutus, Eugenda, Maximianus, Timothy, Tobias, and Vitus.
MUNCHIN, (Seventh Century ?), Mainchín mac Setnai (anglicised to Munchin) is believed to have been the first Bishop of Limerick, Ireland, though this is debated. He is also the patron saint of Limerick, along with St. Ita (15th January).
VINCENTIAN (VIANCE, VIANTS), a disciple of St. Meneleus (22nd July), who became a hermit near Tulle in Auvergne, reposing circa 730.
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”.