Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
BASILIDES, CYRINUS, NABOR, and NAZARIUS, four illustrious Roman martyrs of the Diocletianic Persecution (304). They are said to be members of the nobility and soldiers possibly officers, and to have been martyred on the Aurelian Way.
GEREBALD, the seventeenth Bishop of Saône, often incorrectly stated as Châlons-sur-Seine. St. Gerebald was consecrated 864 and served twenty-one years, until his repose 885
LEO III, ninety-sixth Pope of Rome, elected the day after his predecessor Pope Adrian I reposed, primarily to defeat the machinations of Adrian’s relations who wanted one of Adrian’s nephews as Pope. Throughout his papacy, St. Leo had to contend with slander, assault, torture, and arrest. St. Leo was Pope during the first Iconoclastic Controversy (730 – 787), and was a firm Iconodule, as well as opponent of the addition of the Filioque to the Creed, and had a set of tablets engraved with the Creed, sans Filioque, as well as the line: “HAEC LEO POSUI AMORE ET CAUTELA ORTHODOXAE FIDEI” (I, Leo, placed these here for the love and protection of the Orthodox faith) affixed to the tombs of SS. Peter and Paul (29th June). St. Leo reposed 816.
ODULPH (ODULPHUS), a priest from Brabant, who worked with St. Frederick (18th July) evangelising the Frisians. He later served as Canon of the cathedral of Utrecht, and founded a monastery at Stavoren in West Friesland. St. Odulph reposed circa 855.
TERNAN, (Fifth or Sixth Century), St. Ternan was an early missionary bishop amongst the Picts. The chronology and details of the various accounts of his life are at odds with one another, with some saying he was consecrated by St. Palladius (7th July) who reposed 440, and others that he was a contemporary or even disciple of St. Servan (1st July) who reposed circa 583. Based upon entries in the Aberdeen Martyrology (the predecessor to the Aberdeen Breviary the safest assumption is that he was a contemporary of St. Servan, which would place him in the sixth century.
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”.