Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 14th November
ALBERIC, a nephew of St. Gregory of Utrecht (25th August) and monk, St. Alberic served as Prior of St. Martin's Cathedral in Utrecht before being consecrated Bishop of Utrecht in 775. As bishop, he worked tirelessly, and fruitfully, to evangelise the Teutons. St. Alberic reposed in 784.
DUBRICIUS (DUBRIC, DYFRIG), a Welsh holy man, founder of monasteries in Hentland and Moccas (in present-day Herefordshire), and the subject of a myriad of legends over the years. He has been described as the Archbishop of Caerleon and Wales who crowned King Arthur; that he was consecrated Archbishop of the whole of ‘southern Britain’ by SS. Germanus of Auxerre (31st July) and Lupus of Troyes (29th July) establishing his See at Llandaff, even though St. Germanus reposed approximately twenty-five years before St. Dubricius was born; and the late Arthurian scholar Dr. Norma Lorre Goodrich (+2006), claims that St. Dubricius and Merlin were actually the same person. Legends notwithstanding, there is no question that in the early middle ages, St. Dubricius was held in great esteem throughout south-east Wales for his wisdom and learning. The commonly accepted date of St. Dubricius repose is circa 545, though according to some sources, this may have been as early as 465 and as late as 612, he was initially buried on the Isle of Bardsey, and according to the Book of Llandaff his relics were translated to Llandaff Cathedral in 1120. There are churches dedicated to him in Ballingham, and Herefordshire (Church of England), Llanvaches, and Newport (Church in Wales), and in Treforest (Roman Catholic).
Troparion of St. Dyfrig — Tone I
Thou art worthily honoured as the Father of Welsh Monasticism. O Hierarch Dyfrig
labouring to establish true asceticism with thy brother in the Faith, Samson of Dol
whom thou didst raise to the dignity of the episcopate. In thy pastoral love, O Saint,
pray for us that despite our unspiritual lives
Christ our God will grant us great mercy.
JUCUNDUS of BOLOGNA, a Bishop of Bologna who reposed in 485. No further details of his life are extant.
MODANIC, (Date Unknown), There is no reliable information available on the life of St. Modanic, other than he was a Scottish bishop traditionally venerated in Aberdeen.
SIDONIUS (SÄENS), a monk at Jumièges Abbey where he was a disciple of St. Philibert (20th August). He spent several years traveling from monastery to monastery, and at least a decade in Rome as a companion to St. Ouen (24th August). St. Ouen then sent him to found a monastery near Rouen which came to be known as Saint-Saëns. During this time, St. Sidonius founded several other monasteries, and was the teacher of St. Leutfridus (21st June). St. Sidonius reposed circa 690, having spent the last years of his life living as a simple monk.
VENERANDA, (Second Century), a native of Gaul who was very likely martyred in Rome during the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161).
VENERANDUS, a prominent citizen of Troyes, in north-central Gaul, who was martyred under Emperor Aurelian, 275.
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”.