Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
9th August (NS) — 27th July (OS)
27th July O.S.
ECCLESIUS, the Bishop of Ravenna from 521 until his repose 532. St. Ecclesius commenced the construction of San Vitale, and also accompanied Pope St. John I (18th May) on his trip to Constantinople on behalf of the Arian King Theodoric the Great.
ETHERIUS, sixteenth Bishop of Auxerre serving that See from 563 until his repose 573. St. Etherius promoted the expansion of monasticism in his diocese and safeguarded the Church from meddling by secular authorities.
GEORGE, FELIX, AURELIUS, NATALIA, and LILIOSA, a group of martyrs in Cordoba under the Caliph Abd ar-Rahman II (852). Aurelius and Felix, and their wives, Natalia and Liliosa, were Spaniards. George, a Hierodeacon from Palestine, was offered a pardon since he was a foreigner, but chose martyrdom for Christ.
MAURUS, PANTALEIMON, and SERGIUS, Maurus, probably a native of Bethlehem, is believed to have been sent by the Apostle Peter (29th June) to be the first Bishop of Bisceglia on the Adriatic. Imprisoned by orders of Emperor Trajan, he was placed in the custody of Pantaleimon and Sergius whom he converted to Christianity. St. Maurus was beheaded Pantaleimon and Sergius were crucified circa 117.
9th August N.S.
AMOR (AMOUR), (Date Unknown), venerated in Franche-Comté, France with St. Viator (21st October). Their relics are enshrined at Saint-Amour in Burgundy, however, there is no information on their lives extant.
AUTOR (ADINCTOR, AUTEUR), (Fifth Century), the thirteenth Bishop of Metz in France. His relics were translated to the Abbey of Saint-Étienne de Marmoutier in Alsace in 830.
BANDARIDUS (BANDERIK, BANDERY), Bishop of Soissons in France from 540 until his repose in 566, though he was exiled from his See from 547 – 554. During exile, St. Bandaridus worked anonymously as gardener in an English Abbey. He also was the founder of the Abbey of St. Crispin, where he was buried.
DOMITIAN of CHÂLONS, (Date Uncertain), the third Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne. He was known for his zeal and success in converting heathens. St. Domitian was buried in the same grave as his predecessor, St. Donatian (7th August).
FIRMUS and RUSTICUS, (Third Century), prominent citizens of Bergamo during the reign of Emperor Maximinian. They were scourged and beheaded at Verona for refusing to offer sacrifices to idols. Their relics are enshrined in Bergamo and Verona.
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”.
NATHY (DAVID), (Sixth Century), a disciple of St. Finian of Clonard (12th December), St. Nathy went on to be the founding abbot of a monastery at Achonry, Co. Sligo, Ireland. It has been said that he was consecrated bishop, however, Colgan and all other reputable sources list him as a priest. Though renowned for the austerity of his life, he was even more celebrated for the loving kindness he showed to the poor. St. Nathy reposed at an advanced age, circa 600, and is the patron saint of the Irish diocese of Achonry.
NUMIDICUS and COMPANIONS, a group of martyrs burnt at the stake at Carthage during the Decian persecution, circa 251. One tradition states Numidicus was dragged still breathing out of the ashes of the funeral pyre and was ordained priest, possibly by St. Cyprian (16th September).
PHELIM (FIDLEMINUS), (Sixth Century), An Irish priest, St. Phelim is reputed to have been a disciple of St. Columba (9th June). He lived as a hermit and over time the town of Kilmore, Co. Cavan, of which he is the main patron saint, grew around his cell.
ROMANUS OSTIARIUS, an early martyr (258) in Rome. Though the details of his life are unclear, one tradition has him as a companion in the martyrdom of St. Laurence of Rome (10th August), and buried in the Catacomb of the Cyriaca on the Via Tiburtina.
RUSTICUS, (Fourth Century?), a martyr at Sirmium in Pannonia of whom no other details are extant.
SECUNDIAN, MARCELLIAN, and VERIAN, martyred at Cività Vecchia in Italy, during the Decian Persecution (AD 250). St. Secundian is thought to have been a prominent official, whilst the others are said to have been “Scholastics”.
SERENUS, the tenth Bishop of Marseilles, circa 595 until his repose circa 600. He is mentioned in several letters of St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September).