Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome 21st February (NS) — 8th February (OS) 2020
CUTHMAN, (Eighth Century), a shepherd near Steyning in Sussex. St. Cuthman spent the time he was tending his flock in prayer and was known as a wonderworker. St. Cuthman also built what become the Church of St. Andrew and St. Cuthman (Church of England) in Steyning. Nothing further is known of this saint.
ELFLEDA (ÆLFLAED), a Saxon princess, she was the daughter of King Oswy of Northumbria. Her father consecrated her to God in infancy, placing her in the care of St. Hilda (17th November) at Whitby. St. Elfleda succeeded St. Hilda as Abbess of Whitby and was a powerful force in Church affairs. She is said to have mediated a dispute between SS. Wilfrid (12th October) and Theodore of Canterbury (19th September), and to have aided St. Cuthbert (26th October). St. Elfleda reposed in 713.
HONORATUS of MILAN, consecrated bishop of Milan in 567, succeeding St. Auxanus in that See. St. Honoratus' episcopacy coincided with both the Three-Chapter Controversy phase of the Arian heresy, as well as the Lombard invasions, with the Lombards driving him in to exile. St. Honoratus reposed in 570, without ever being able to return to his See.
JUVENTIUS of PAVIA , the Roman Martyrology contains an entry on 8th February for St. Juventius at Pavia, a bishop who preached the Gospel. A much fuller entry exists on 9th December, which relates the evangelisation by SS. Syrus (9th December) and Juventius of Pavia. St. Juventius flourished in the First Century and served as the first Bishop of Pavia.
KIGWE (KEWE, CIWA), (Date Uncertain), we know nothing certain about this saint. It is likely that she is the same as St. Ciwa, a sixth or seventh century saint venerated in Monmouthshire. She is listed in the Exeter Martyrology on 8th February, and there is a Welsh Kalendar that lists the name Kigwe or Kigwoe. Alternative spellings include Ciwg and Cwick. It is almost completely certain that she is not the same as St. Keyna (8th October), who has left her name to Keynsham in Somersetshire.
MARY (MLADA), the youngest daughter of Prince Boleslav I of Bohemia. St. Mary was part of the delegation sent by her father to Pope John XIII, to request the creation of a diocese for Bohemia, which at the time was part of the Diocese of Regensburg. Whilst in Rome, St. Mary received monastic tonsure, and the name Mary. The delegation returned to Prague successful and St. Mary returned with a blessing to establish the first monastic community in Bohemia. St. Mary was the founding-Abbess of the Abbey of St. George which was located in Prague Castle. St. Mary served as Abbess of St. George until her repose in 994.
MEINGOLD, (Tenth Century), a nobleman who lived in Huy on the Meuse in present-day Belgium. St. Meingold was renowned for his personal sanctity. Whilst returning from a pilgrimage, St. Meingold was murdered by bandits.
NICETIUS (NIZIER) of BESANÇON, a seventh century Bishop of Besançon, in present-day France. St. Nicetius was also a friend of St. Columbanus of Luxeuil (23rd November). He reposed in 611.
ONCHO (ONCHUO), (Sixth or Seventh century), St. Oncho was a pilgrim, a poet, a guardian of sacred traditions, as well as a collector of holy relics in his native Ireland. Whilst on one of his pilgrimages in search of relics, he reposed at Clonmore monastery, which was governed by St. Maidoc (28th February) at that time, and his body was enshrined there, along with the relics he had gathered during his life.
PAUL of VERDUN, possibly a brother of St. Germanus of Paris (28th May), St. Paul was a hermit on what is now called Paulsberg near Trier. He later moved to the Abbey St. Maurice of Tholey in Saarland. St. Paul was consecrated Bishop of Verdun circa 630 serving until his repose circa 649.
PAUL, LUCIUS, and CYRIACUS, (Date Uncertain), martyrs in Rome, of whom there is no further information.
ALEXANDER of ADRUMETUM, martyred in North Africa circa 434.
AVITUS II of CLERMONT, Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne from 676 until his repose in 689. St. Avitus was succeeded by his brother St. Bonitus (15th January). It is said St. Avitus built a monastery at the tomb of St. Austremonius (1st November) in Volvic.
ERCONGOTHA, a daughter of King Eorcenberht of Kent (r. c. 640–664) and St. Saxburgh (6th July). She received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Faremoutiers where her aunt, St. Ethelburgh (7th July), was Abbess. St. Ercongotha reposed in 660.
FELIX of METZ, (Second Century), the third Bishop of Metz, it is believed he served that See for over forty years.
GERMANUS and RANDOALD, St. Germanus was Abbot of Moutier-Grandval Abbey, in Granval (formerly Granfel or Granfelden) in the present-day Swiss Jura. St. Randoald was Prior of the same abbey. Both were martyred in after they interceded with the local Duke on behalf of the area’s peasants.
GUNDEBERT (GUMBERT, GONDELBERT), a Bishop of Sens, who retired from his See and went to the Vosges in Lorraine to live as a hermit. St. Gundebert also founded Senones Abbey, in the present-day village of Senones in Lorraine, France, serving as its first Abbot. St. Gundebert reposed circa 676.
PATERIUS, a monk, disciple, and friend of St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September). St. Paterius was, later in life, consecrated Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy. St. Paterius reposed in 606.
PÉPIN of LANDEN, Pépin, Duke of Brabant, was the husband of St. Ida (8th May) and the father of SS. Gertrude of Nivelles (17th March), and Begga (17th December). As one of the most important leaders of his age, St. Pépin played a key role in the foundation of the Carolingian dynasty in France and was a strong defender of Christians against Slavic invaders. St. Pépin reposed circa 646. He was initially buried at Landen, but his relics were later translated to Nivelles and enshrined with those of his wife and daughter St. Gertrude.
SEVERUS and SIXTY-TWO COMPANIONS, (mid-Third Century), a group of martyrs in Syrmium in Pannonia (present-day Hungary). St. Severus’ name is the only one of the group which is still known.
VALERIUS, an Abbot of San Pedro de Montes in Galicia, Spain. He reposed in 695.
VERULUS, SECUNDINUS, SIRICIUS, FELIX, SERVULUS, SATURNINUS, FORTUNATUS, and COMPANIONS, a group of twenty-six martyrs in Hadrumetum in North Africa (present-day Sousse, Tunisia) circa 434. According to the Roman Martyrology, they were martyred during the Vandal persecution, however, there are doubts as to the accuracy of this.
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”.