Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
6th October (NS) — 23rd September (OS)
23rd September O.S.
ADAMNÁN (ADAM, EUNAN), hagiographer, statesman, clerical lawyer, and one of the most important figures in either Scottish or Irish history, St. Adamnán was the ninth Abbot of Iona. He was author of the most important Vita of Saint Columba, which is of great historical value for its information on monastic life. St. Adamnán also wrote the Lex Innocentium, better known as Cáin Adomnáin (Law of Adomnán) which was promulgated at the Synod of Birr (in the present-day Co. Offaly, Ireland in 697). This sought to guarantee the safety and immunity of various types of non-combatants in warfare. In addition, St. Adamnán authored De Locis Sancris, an account of a visit to the Holy Land by Arculf, a late seventh century Frankish bishop. There are some Latin canons in his name as well.
St. Adamnán received monastic tonsure at Iona, where he spent most of his adult life, though there are debates about where he received his training. Regardless of where St. Adamnán received his education, he attained a level of learning rare in Early Medieval northern Europe. St. Adamnán was made Abbot of Iona in 679, and, according to St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), visits to Wearmouth Abbey in 686 and 688 led him to accept the Roman method of calculating the date of Easter (vide Paschal Controversy). St. Bede goes on to relate that St. Adamnán was unable to persuade the monks of Iona and its dependencies to adopt the Roman method. St. Adamnán’s efforts were more successful when he went to Ireland in 692.
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”.
In Ireland, especially in Cos. Derry and Donegal, his name is popular in its Anglicised form, Eunan, from the Gaelic Naomh Adhamhnán. Whether or not he is the same saints as St. Eunan, who is the patron saint of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raphoe (Co. Donegal), is not known. St. Adamnán reposed circa 704.
ANDREW, JOHN, PETER, and ANTHONY, deported from Syracuse to North Africa by the Saracens, who, at that time occupied Sicily. Once in Africa, they were subjected to barbaric torture and then put to death, circa 900.
CISSA, St. Cissa was a disciple, and successor of St. Guthlac (11th April) as Abbot of Crowland in England. According to the Crowland Chronicle, he was buried next to St. Guthlac, though both tombs were later destroyed by the Vikings.
CONSTANTIUS, a sixth century sacristan of the church of St. Stephen in Ancona in the Marches, who is greatly venerated there.
LINUS, the second Pope of Rome, from 67 until his repose 79. St. Linus was a disciple of the Apostle Paul (29th June), one of the Seventy, is mentioned in 2 Timothy 4:21, and is venerated as a martyr.
6th October N.S.
AUREA, (Eighth Century), a young girl from Amiens in Picardy, who received monastic tonsure at Boves in Piedmont (about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Turin). St Aurea later served as Abbess of a large monastery in Rouen, Normandy. No further details of her life are extant.
CEOLLACH, a native of Ireland, St. Ceollach briefly served as Bishop of the Mercians or Mid-Angles. He retired to Iona, though he returned to his native land to repose. The exact dates of his life are uncertain, but it is believed he lived during the seventh century.
EPIPHANIA, according to the local traditions of Pavia dating from the late Middle Ages, St. Epiphania was a daughter of Ratchis, King of the Lombards and of Italy; and may very well have been a nun as well. She reposed circa 800.
FAITH (FOY), (Late Third — Early Fourth Century), often confused with the three legendary sisters known as Faith, Hope, and Charity (1st August), this St. Faith was a young maiden from Agen in Aquitaine, known for her extreme beauty and even greater holiness of life. St. Faith was tortured to death with a red-hot brazier, under Maximian Herculeus, for refusing to make pagan sacrifices. Her shrine at the Abbey in Conques was a popular stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
MAGNUS, a Bishop of Oderzo on the Adriatic, who is best remembered for founding some of the earliest churches in Venice. St. Magnis reposed circa 670 and is buried in the church of San Geremia in Venice.
MARTYRS of TRIER, (Third Century), the largest group numbered amongst those martyred in Trier by order of the Prefect Rictiovarus during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (A.D. 284 – 305).
PARDULF (PARDOUX), a native of Sardent near Guéret in Gaul, who received monastic tonsure the monastery of Guéret, of which he later served as Abbot. According to tradition, as Umayyad forces were retreating following the Battle of Tours, and arrived at Guéret, they spared the monastery due to the prayers of St. Pardulf. He reposed circa 738.
ROMANUS of AUXERRE, the fourteenth Bishop of Auxerre in Burgundy, he is believed to have reposed circa 550.