Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
8th August (NS) — 26th July (OS)
26th July O.S.
BENIGNO of MALCESINE (BÉNIGNE), (Late Eighth, Early Ninth Century), a little known hermit in Malcesine near Verona Italy. His cultus has been limited to the Malcesine area of which he shares the patronage of along with St. Charus (vide infra).
CHARUS of MALCESINE (Caro), (Late Eighth, Early Ninth Century), St. Charus was a fellow hermit with St. Benigno (vide supra) in Malcesine of which he is co-patron saint along with St. Benigno. Nothing verifiable is further known, as their lives have been handed down tradition and pious legend.
GOTHALM, a monk at Melk, on the Danube in Lower Austria about 77 km (48 mi) west of Vienna, of whom little is known. He reposed in 1020 of natural causes, and unspecified miracles are said to have occurred at his tomb.
HYACINTH, (Date unknown), according to the Roman Martyrology, St. Hyacinth was martyred at some point during the reign of Emperor Trajan (r. 98–117). Whilst there is no doubt as to St. Hyacinth’s existence, the Bollandists have declared his Acts to be entirely unreliable.
PARASCEVA of ROME (VENERANDA), whilst there are several sources, most of the Orthodox (vide Patriarchate of Moscow, and O.C.A. calendars) commemorate St. Parasceva on this day, she is more commonly commemorated as St. Veneranda on (14th November) (vide Roman Martyrology, the Monks of Ramsgate’s Book of the Saints), and others). To see her hagiographic entry go to 14th November
PASTOR, a Roman priest, and according to some sources the brother of Pope St. Pius I (11th July), who is remembered for his work with SS. Pudens (19th May), Praxedes (21st July), and Pudentiana (19th May) to enlighten Pagans in Rome. St. Pastor reposed circa 160.
SIMEON of PADOLIRONE or MANTUA, an Armenian monk who, after living for a while in the Holy land as a hermit, travelled across Italy, France, and Spain as a pilgrim, and becoming known as a wonderworker. Returning through northern Italy he settled at Padolirone Abbey in Mantua, mid-way between Milan and Padua. St. Simeon reposed 1016, his tomb was the site of many miracles which led to him being declared a saint not long after his repose.
SYMPHSONIUS, NEMESIUS, OLYMPIUS, EXUPERIA, and THEODULUS, St. Symphronius, the slave of St. Nemesius a Deacon (25th August) along with St. Olympius, his wife St. Exuperia and their son St. Theodulud were all burned to death for their faith during the Valerian Persecution (257). Pope St. Stephen (2nd August), who had baptised all or some of them in the Catacombs, was martyred shortly afterwards.
VALENS, the Bishop of Verona from 524 until his repose 531. No further information on his life is extant.
8th August N.S.
CYRIACUS, LARGUS, SMARAGDUS, and COMPANIONS, St. Cyriacus, a Deacon, along with SS. Largus, Smaragdus, and a group of more than twenty, are counted amongst the martyrs in Rome of the Diocletianic Persecution (303).
ELLIDIUS (ILLOG), (Seventh Century), St. Ellidius appears to be the patron saint of Hirnant, the village church being the Parish of St. Illog, Montgomeryshire, Wales. He is also the patron of a church in the Scilly Islands. The name “St. Helen’s Isle” is an English corruption of the Cornish Enys Elidius.
GEDEON, nothing is known of his life other than he served as the Bishop of Besançon in France from 790 until his repose 796.
LEOBALD (LEODEBOD), abbot of St-Aignan in Orléans, and later St. Leobald founded the Abbey which later was called Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire (Fleury Abbey) after his successor St. Mummolus (vide infra) translated the relics of SS. Benedict (11th July) and Scholastica (10th February). St. Leobald reposed 650.
MUMMOLUS (MOMMOLUS, MOMMOLENUS), the second Abbot of Fleury. St. Mummolus served as Abbot for 30 years, during which time he had the relics of SS. Benedict (11th July) and Scholastica (10th February) translated from Italy to Fleury. After which, the abbey became known as Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire. Towards the end of his life St. Mummolus made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. On his return he stopped at Abbey of Sante Croix de Bordeaux, Aquitaine (present-day France), to recover from his exhaustion, and reposed at the Abbey shortly after his arrival (circa 678).
RATHARD, a nobleman who after being ordained to the priesthood, built a church and monastery in Diessen, Bavaria St. Rathard reposed 815.
SEVERUS, a priest, some say from India, who came to Vienne in Gaul to enlighten the last of the pagans in that region. St. Severus reposed circa 445.
SIGRADA, the Mother of SS. Warinus of Poitiers (25th August) and Leodegarius (Leger) (2nd October), and Grandmother of St. Liutwin of Trier (29th September). Following the repose of her husband, St Sigrada entered the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Soissons in Neustria, where she also received monastic tonsure. She reposed circa 678, shortly after her sons were martyred.
TERNATIUS (TERNISCUS), the eleventh, documentable, Bishop of Besançon in present-day eastern France near the Swiss border. St. Ternatius is said to have been an active supporter of monasticism, and charitable works. He reposed 680.
ULTAN, (Eighth Century), St. Ultan was an Irish priest at the monastery of St. Peter in Crayke, North Yorkshire, England. He was a highly regarded master of the art of illuminating manuscripts.