Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ALPHEGE the ELDER, he was called the Elder to distinguish him from his more famous namesake, the Martyr of Canterbury and Greenwich (19th April). He was a monk of singularly holy life, and encouraged many others to become monks, notably his relative St. Dunstan (19th May), whom he ordained priest. St. Alphege succeeded St. Birnstan (4th November) in the See of Winchester (A.D. 935), where he reposed; his relics were enshrined there (A.D. 951).
MAMILIAN (MAXIMILIAN), a third century A.D. martyr in Rome of whom nothing further is known.
MAXIMILIAN, when drafted St. Maximilian refused to serve on the grounds military service was inconsistent with his faith. As a result, he was beheaded in A.D. 295 at Thebeste in Numidia (present-day Algeria).
MURA MCFEREDACH (MURAN, MURAMES), St. Mura McFeredach was the first Abbot and patron saint of Fahan, on the Inishowen Peninsula, in Co. Donegal. His staff and bell were held to have miraculous powers, and were greatly venerated. The year of his death in the seventh century A.D. is unknown.
PAUL AURELIAN, a Romano-Briton prince who was educated at Llantwit Major with SS. David (1st March), Gildas the Wise (29th January), Illtyd (6th November), and Samson (28th July). After his time at Llantwit, St. Paul, along with twelve other monks, went to Brittany where they established a monastery at Porz-Pol on the Isle of Ouessant. Later St. Paul was convinced to accept elevation to the bishopric of Ouismor, now known as Saint-Pol-de-Léon. St. Paul reposed circa A.D. 575.
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”.