Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
4th October (NS) — 21st September (OS) 2019
ALEXANDER of the VIA CLAUDIA, (Second Century), a bishop in Greater Rome, St. Alexander was arrested and tortured after his wonderworking brought him to the notice of the authorities. He was beheaded on the Claudian Way, about 30 km / 20 mi from Rome. In the fourth century Pope St. Damasus (11th December) had his relics translated to Rome where they were enshrined.
GERULPH, a Flemish nobleman and heir to a vast estate. St. Gerulph was killed (circa 746) shortly after Chrismation by an avaricious relative in hopes of inheriting St. Gerulph's wealth and property. St. Gerulph pardoned his murderer with his dying breath.
MABYN, (Sixth Century), according to Cornish tradition, St. Mabyn was one of the many children of King St. Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April). The village and civil parish of St. Mabyn is named for her, and St. Mabyn Parish Church located in St. Mabyn, Cornwall, England, is said to have been founded by her. The earliest mention of her is in a twelfth century Life of St. Nectan (17th June). The saints Mabon and Mabenna are often mentioned either together or, are conflated, and are generally associated with St. Teio of Llandaff (9th February). Church of England priest, hagiographer, and all round scholar Sabine Baring Baring-Gould (†1924) speculates that St. Mabon may have been male and St. Teio’s brother and the true founder of the parish church, as well as Llanvabon (a parish in South Wales), and that the attribution to a female St. Mabyn came about after the true history had been lost. The only certainty regarding these saints is that they have had a strong cultus in Wales and Cornwall, are associated with St. Teio, and have lent their names to some locations in Wales and Cornwall.
MAURA of TROYES, a young maiden in Troyes in Champagne (north-central France), who dedicated her brief life to prayer and good works. St. Maura reposed in 850, at the age of twenty-three.
PAMPHILUS of ROME, (Date Unknown), an early martyr in Rome of whom nothing further is known.
AUREA of PARIS, a native of Syria, St. Aurea was appointed the first Abbess of the Abbey of St. Martial (Abbaye Saint-Martial) in Paris, by its founder St. Eligius of Noyon (1st December). St. Aurea led the abbey for thirty-three years, before she and 160 nuns of her community reposed of the plague in 666.
PETRONIUS of BOLOGNA, the son of a Prætorian Prefect. Following a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, St. Petronius was ordained to the priesthood. He was consecrated eighth Bishop of Bologna in 431 and served that See until his repose in 450. While Bishop, St. Petronius built the Basilica di Santo Stefano. He is also patron saint of Bologna.
QUINTIUS (QUENTIN) of TOURS, a devout Christian and courtier at the court of a Frankish king. When he rebuffed the queen’s advances, explaining that his faith prohibited adultery, she had St. Quintius murdered at near Montresor (west-central France), circa 570.
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”.