Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ÆNGUS (ANGUS), known as ‘the Culdee’, he was Abbot at Clonenagh, and then at Tallacht. He later returned to Clonenagh to serve as bishop. He is remembered for his Félire Óengusso (Martyrology of Ængus), consisting of 365 quatrains, one for each day of the year, framed between a lengthy prologue and epilogue, and is the earliest metrical martyrology to have been written in the vernacular. St. Ængus reposed circa A.D. 830.
ALBERTA, one of the early martyrs of the Diocletianic Persecution, in Agen, Aquitaine circa A.D. 286.
BENEDICT CRISPUS of MILAN, the Archbishop of Milan from circa A.D. 680 until his repose circa A.D. 725. St. Benedict authored the epitaph for the King St. Ceadwalla of Wessex (20th April). Little else is known of his life.
CANDIDUS, PIPERION and COMPANIONS, a group of twenty-two martyrs in North Africa circa A.D. 257.
CONSTANTINE, (Date Unknown) an entry in the Martyrologium Romanum as follows “At Carthage, Saint Constantine, confessor”. Nothing else is known of his life.
EULOGIUS of CORDOBA, a prominent priest in Cordoba during the persecutions of Christians under the Emir Abd ar-Rahman II (r. A.D. 822 – 852). St. Eulogius was arrested several times for providing pastoral care and other support to imprisoned Christians. After hiding St. Leocritia (15th March), St. Eulogius was arrested a final time, scourged, and then beheaded on 11th March, A.D. 859.
FIRMIAN (FERMANUS, FIRMINUS), an Abbot of San Sabino Piceno near Fermo in the Marches of Ancona. St. Firmian reposed circa A.D. 1020. There is no further information on this saint extant.
HERACLIUS and ZOSIMUS, martyrs in Carthage North Africa during the reigns of Valerian and Gallienus circa A.D. 263.
PETER the SPANIARD, (Date Unknown), a Spaniard who, following a pilgrimage to Rome, settled near Veroli in Lazio, where he lived as a hermit.
VIGILIUS, a Bishop of Auxerre, who was assassinated, it is believed, by order of Gistemar, the mayor of the palace circa A.D. 685.
VINDICIAN, following the repose of St. Aubert (13th December) circa A.D. 668, St. Vindican was elected his successor as Bishop of Cambrai-Arras. He never hesitated to chastise the Merovingian Kings, ministers, and courtiers for their outrageous behaviour when called for. Towards the end of his life, St. Vindician retired to the Abbey of St. Vaast in Arras where he lived as a hermit until his repose, circa A.D. 712.
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”.