Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ALEXANDER, an early martyr in Rome, circa 150. Nothing further is known of his life or martyrdom.
AMELBERGA of MAUBEUGE, a member of what was later known as the Carolingian dynasty, St. Amelberga was married to Count Witger Duke of Lotharingia whilst still young. Their marriage produced three saints SS. Gudula of Brussels (8th January), Emebert of Cambrai (15th January), and Reineldis of Saintes (16th July). When the last of their children reached majority, St. Amelberga, and her husband each entered monasteries. St. Amelberga to Maubeuge Abbey (abbaye de Maubeuge) and Count Witger to the Abbey of St. Peter of Lobbes (abbaye Saint-Pierre de Lobbes) both in Hainaut (Belgium). The details of the lives of SS. Amelberga of Maubeuge and Amelberga of Temse (vide infra) are often intertwined, and though similarities exist, they were two separate and unrelated persons. St. Amelberga reposed circa 690.
AMELBERGA of TEMSE, a young woman from a Lotharingian noble family, St. Amelberga received monastic tonsure at Münsterbilsen Abbey (abbaye Sainte-Landrade de Munsterbilzen) in Limburg (present-day Belgium). The details of the lives of SS. Amelberga of Temse and Amelberga of Maubeuge (vide supra) are often intertwined, and though similarities exist, they were two separate and unrelated persons. St. Amelberga reposed circa 772, and her relics were later translated to Saint Peter's Abbey (Sint-Pietersabdij) in Ghent, Belgium.
ETTO (HETTO), an Irish missionary who evangelised in Flanders (northern France). St. Etto reposed circa 670.
JANUARIUS, MARINUS, NABOR, and FELIX, Martyrs of Africa, (Date Unknown), martyrs in North Africa of whom nothing further is known.
LANTFRID, WALTRAM, and ELILANTUS, in the eighth century, the Bavarian noble Huosi family founded over half a dozen abbeys, including Benediktbeuern Abbey (Kloster Benediktbeuern) in present-day Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen in Bavaria, Germany. SS. Lantfrid, Waltram, and Elilantus, members of the Huosi family, served as the first three Abbots of Benediktbeuern.
PASCHARIUS (PASQUIER) of NANTES, a mid-Seventh century Bishop of Nantes (Upper Brittany, western France).
PETER of PERUGIA, Peter Vincioli born near Perugia in Umbria (central Italy), was an architect as well as a priest-monk. He founded and oversaw the building of an abbey as well construction and repairs of church properties throughout the diocese. St. Peter reposed in 1007.
RUFINA and SECUNDA of ROME, sisters who were martyred in 257 at Rome, during the persecutions of Christians under Emperor Valerian (r. 253–260).
SEVEN BROTHERS, seven brothers, Alexander, Felix, Januarius, Martialis, Philip, Silvanus, Vitalis, all sons of St. Felicity of Rome (23rd November), who were martyred together circa 150.
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”.