Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome
20th June (NS) — 7th June (OS) 2020
AVENTINUS of LARBOUST, a hermit in the Larboust valley in the Pyrenees (French-Spanish border region) who was martyred in 732 by the Moors as they invaded Gaul (France).
COLMAN of DROMORE, St. Colman was the founding Bishop of Dromore in Co. Down, Ireland, and a wonderworker. Little is known of his life, though it is said he was a student of St. Ailbe of Emly (12th September) and the teacher of St. Finian of Clonard (12th December). All the calendars and martyrologies say that St. Coleman was a friend of St. Macanisius of Connor (3rd September), however, I question this as St. Macanisius reposed in 514, and St. Colman reposed circa 585.
DEOCHAR, a hermit near Fulda in present-day Hesse, Germany. St. Deochar was a spiritual child of the eminent Anglo-Saxon scholar/educator Alcuin of York (†804) at Aachen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), before being appointed by Charlemagne (r. 768–814) to be the first Abbot of the Abbey of St. Vitus (St. Vitus Kloister) in Herrieden, Bavaria (Germany), and assisted in the translation of the relics of St. Boniface of Mainz (5th June) to Fulda Cathedral in 819. St. Deochar is said to have restored a young boy’s eyesight through prayer. St. Deochar reposed in 847.
HABENTIUS, JEREMIAH, PETER, SABINIAN, WALLABONSUS, and WISTREMUNDUS, Martyrs of Córdoba, a group of monks near Córdoba (Spain) martyred in 851 during the reign of Emir Abd ar-Rahman II (r. 822–852). Several days after their death, the Moors burned their bodies, and the ashes were disposed of in the Guadalquivir River to prevent Christians from venerating the relics of these martyrs.
MERIADOC, (Date Uncertain), though venerated primarily in Cornwall (England) and Brittany (France), St. Meriadoc was most likely Welsh. Crossing over to Brittany, he lived for a while as a hermit in Rohan, and was later consecrated Bishop of Vannes in Brittany.
ODO of MASSAY, Abbot of the Abbey of Saint-Martin de Massay in present-day Centre-Val de Loire, France, from 935 until his repose 967.
VULFLAGIUS (VULPHY, WULFLAGIUS) of ABBEVILLE, a priest and hermit near Abbeville in Picardy (France). St. Vulflagius reposed circa 653, following his repose a significant cultus of St. Vulflagius developed in nearby Montreuil-sur-Mer.
ADALBERT of MAGDEBURG, a monk at the Abbey of St. Maximin (abtei St. Maximin) in Trier in the present-day German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and missionary bishop. At the request of St. Olga, the Princess of Russia, in 961 St. Adelbert led a group of missionaries to evangelise the Slavs. There they met great resistance led by St. Olga’s son Svyatoslav, and many of St. Adelbert’s companions were slaughtered. The survivors, including St. Adalbert, escaped to Mainz where they spent several years. St. Adalbert was then appointed Abbot of the Abbey of SS. Peter and Paul of Wissembourg (abbaye Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Wissembourg) in Alsace (eastern France). He was consecrated the first Archbishop of Magdeburg (central Germany) in 968. St. Adelbert founded the dioceses of Naumberg, Neissen, Merseberg, Brandenburg, Havelberg, and Posen, and was made Metropolitan of the Slavs. Known for his strong belief in the importance of education in general, and his monks in particular, St. Adalbert counted SS. Bruno of Querfort (15th October) and Adalbert of Prague (23rd April) amongst his disciples. St. Adalbert reposed 981.
BAGNE (BAIN, BAGNUS) of THÉROUANNE, a monk and disciple of St. Wandrille of Fontenelle (22nd July) at the Abbey of St. Peter / abbaye Saint-Pierre (later the Abbey of St. Wandrille / abbaye Saint-Wandrille) in Fontenelle, Normandy (France). St. Bagne was in 667 consecrated Bishop of Thérouanne, in Artois, Flanders (northern Belgium). After twelve years, St. Bagne resigned his See and returned to Fontenelle Abbey where three years later he was elected Abbot. Towards the end of his life, St. Bagne was appointed to serve as Abbot of the Abbey of St. Benedict on the Loire (abbaye de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire — Fleury Abbey) as well. St. Bagne reposed circa 710, and is the primary patron-saint of Calais on the English Channel in northern France.
FLORENTINA (FLORENCE) of CARTAGENA, the only sister of SS. Leander of Seville (27th February), Fulgentius of Ecija (16th January) and Isidore of Seville (4th April). St. Florentina was orphaned whilst still young, she was raised by her brother St. Leander. When older, she received monastic tonsure, and eventually served as Abbess of an unknown monastery. St. Florentina reposed circa 636.
GOBAN (GOBAIN) of PICARDY, a disciple of St. Fursey of Péronne (16th January), and companion on St. Fursey’s mission to Gaul (France). St. Goban spent the last years of his life as a hermit in the Voas forest where the present-day town of Saint-Gobain is. St. Goban was martyred by pagan marauders circa 670.
GOVAN (GOVEN, COFEN), St. Govan was most likely an Irishman who had been a disciple of St. Ailbe of Emly (12th September) before he went to Wales. He lived there as an anchorite in a fissure in a cliff at what is now called St. Govan’s Head in Pembrokeshire, Wales. St. Govan is believed to have reposed circa 586 and to be buried under the altar of his hermitage.
HELEN (HELIADA) of OEHREN, second Abbess of the Abbey of St. Mary (Kloster St. Marien) in Oehren, in Trier in the present-day German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. St. Helen reposed circa 750.
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”.