Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ALIPIUS (ALYPIUS), a disciple and lifelong friend of St. Augustine of Hippo (28th August), with whom he was baptised by St Ambrose of Milan (7th December) on the eve of Pascha 387. Following his return to Africa, St. Alipius spent some time as a hermit, and on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He returned to Africa, and circa 393 was consecrated Bishop of Tagaste. He reposed circa 430.
ALTFRID, a member of the Saxon nobility and leading figure in his own right, St. Altfrid served as Bishop of Hildesheim from 847 until his repose 874, prior to which is seems he was a monk at Corvey Abbey (Fürstabtei Corvey). He was also the founder of Essen Abbey for noble women, and a close royal adviser to the East Frankish King Louis the German.
ARDUINUS, a priest in Rimini, who lived as a hermit, later entering the monastery of San Gaudenzio di Rimini, where he reposed 1009.
TARSICIUS, (Third or Fourth Century), the only information on the life of St. Tarsicius comes from a poem composed in his honour by Pope Damasus at least a century later. In this poem it is said that St. Tarsicius, whilst carrying the sacred mysteries, was attacked by a mob of heathens, choosing to die rather “than surrender the Sacred Body [of Christ] to the raging dogs”.
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”.