Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
3rd January (NS) — 21st December (OS)
21st December O.S.
BAUDACARIUS, a monk at Bobbio Abbey where he oversaw the Abbey’s vineyard. St. Baudacarius reposed in 650.
BERNWALD (BEORNWALD), a priest in Bampton, Oxfordshire, England, and most likely founder of the Bampton Minster. He is variously described as ‘confessor’ and ‘Hieromartyr’, though most likely erroneously. It is believed he flourished at some point in the eighth century.
HONORATUS of TOULOUSE, (Third Century), second Bishop of Toulouse.
JOHN and FESTUS, (Date Unknown), martyrs in Tuscany, of whom no further information is extant.
JOHN VINCENT, a native of Ravenna who received monastic tonsure at Saint Michael's Abbey, which overlooks the village of Chiusa di San Michele in the Piedmont. Later he was a hermit on Monte Caprario in present-day Rocchetta e Croce in Campania. Although St. John Vincent is generally listed as having been a bishop in martyrologies, no See is ever identified. St. John Vincent reposed in 1012.
SEVERINUS, a Bishop of Trier, who is said to have reposed circa 300, though there are no details of his life extant.
3rd January N.S.
ANTHERUS, the nineteenth Pope of Rome, St. Anthers served for only forty-three days (21st November, 235 – 3rd January, 236 before he was martyred. He was buried in the Catacomb of Pope St. Kallistos I (14th October) one of the Catacombs of Rome on the Appian Way. During his brief pontificate, St. Antherus began the practice of saving documents relating to the early martyrs, which in time grew into the Vatican library.
BERTILIA, a noblewoman, who even in youth was noted for her piety and charity. Following the death of her husband, St. Bertilia lived as an anchoress near the church of Saint Amandus of Maastricht, at Maroeuil (Marolles) in Flanders, which she had previously founded. St. Bertilia reposed circa 687.
BLITMUND, a monk and disciple of St. Attalas (10th March) at Bobbio. St. Blitmund accompanied St. Valéry (1st April) to Picardy where they founded an abbey at present-day Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France, later called abbaye Saint-Valery. St. Blitmund later served as its Abbot. He reposed circa 660.
DANIEL, a deacon to St. Prosdocimus (7th November), the first Bishop of Padua. He was either a convert from Judaism or of Jewish ancestry. St. Daniel was martyred for spreading the gospel in 168.
FINLUGH (FINLAG), (Sixth Century), a brother of St. Fintan ( vide infra), St. Finlugh left his native Ireland. He travelled to Scotland where it is thought he became a disciple of St. Columba of Iona (9th June). He later returned to Ireland to serve as abbot of a monastery founded by St. Columba of Iona in Co. Derry.
FLORENTIUS of VIENNE, (Third Century), an early Bishop of Vienne, renowned for his holiness of life and erudition. St. Florentius was exiled and martyred for the Faith, circa 253.
GENEVIÈVE, as a child St. Geneviève met St. Germanus of Auxerre (31st July) who foretold her future sanctity, and at the age of fifteen, she received monastic tonsure. St. Geneviève had the gift of clairvoyance, which at times led many around her to persecute her until the Bishop of Paris came to her defence. When Paris was under attack by the Franks and later by Attila and the Huns, St. Geneviève encouraged those defending the city, and organised groups to pray for God’s protection. St. Geneviève reposed in 500, and ever since has been considered the special protectress and patroness of Paris.
WENOG, (Date Unknown), an early Welsh saint about whom there is no information extant.
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”.