Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 12th February

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12th February


BENEDICT REVELLI, a monk at Santa Maria dei Fonti in present-day Bari Italy. St. Benedict lived as a hermit on the island of Gallinaria in the Gulf of Genoa for a while before being consecrated Bishop of Albengac (870). He reposed circa 900.

DAMIAN, (Date Unknown), the Bollandists list two St. Damians on this day. The first a soldier martyred in Africa, and the second a martyr in Rome. However, these particulars are speculative at best.

ETHELWOLD, a disciple of St. Cuthbert (20th March), St. Ethelwold went on to serve as Abbot of Melrose in Scotland. For the last twenty years of his life, he was Bishop of Lindisfarne. He was a contemporary of St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), who spoke of him with great praise. St. Ethelwold reposed 750 and was initially buried at Lindisfarne, though his relics were later translated to Durham.

EULALIA (AULAIRE, AULAZIE, OLALLA) of BARCELONA, a maiden in Barcelona, St. Eulalia was subjected torture and ultimately martyrdom during the Diocletianic Persecution circa 304.

GAUDENTIUS of VERONA, a Bishop of Verona, who flourished in the mid-fifth century. No further information on St. Gaudentius is extant.

JULIAN the HOSPITALLER, according to tradition, St. Julian accidentally killed his own parents, and in repentance he and his wife went on pilgrimage to Rome. There they built a hospice by the side of a river where they tended to the poor and the sick, and rowed travellers across the river. Present-day scholars are of the opinion that the story of St. Julian is pious fiction, which over time has come to be accepted as fact.

MODESTUS of CARTHAGE, martyred at Carthage, Africa Proconsularis circa 160. Nothing further is known about St. Modestus.

MODESTUS the DEACON, a deacon martyred during the Diocletianic Persecution circa 304. No further information is extant.

Details of British Saints excerpted from Orthodox Saints of the British Isles.
Details of continental saints from these sources.