Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
AICHARDUS (AICARD, ACHARD), the son of an officer at the Court of Clotaire II. It was his father wish that St. Aichardus follow him in a career in the military, but St. Aichardus wanted to enter monastic life, and, with the support of his mother, he eventually was tonsured at the Abbey of St. Jouin in at Ansion in Poitou. He went on to serve as Abbot of the Priory of St. Benedict at Quinçay near Poitiers, and then succeeding St. Philibert (20th August) as Abbot of Jumièges Abbey. St. Aichardus was known throughout his life as a model of prayer, austerity, and of observance of Religious Rule, he reposed 687.
ALBINUS (AUBIN, ALPIN), The successor of St. Justus (2nd September, and 14th October) as Bishop of Lyons, though the exact length of his Episcopate is unknown, it is believed to have been from circa 380 to circa 390. St. Albinus is credited with having the church of St. Stephen built, and is said to have chosen it for his Cathedral. St. Albinus reposed circa 390.
APRUS (APER, APRE, EPVRE, EVRE), a native of Trier, who began life as a lawyer and acquired great fame on account both of his legal skills as well as his scrupulous integrity. After many years he left the law to become a priest, and circa 500 chosen to serve as the seventh Bishop of Toul. St. Aprus reposed 507, following an episcopate during which he was deeply loved by his flock, and was buried in the basilica, which was under construction at the time.
BOND (BALDUS), a seventh century hermit in Sens. Some sources say he was a disciple of St. Artemius of Sens (28th April).
EMILAS and JEREMIAH, two young martyrs in Cordoba. St. Emilas, a deacon, and St, Jeremiah, a layman, were imprisoned and then beheaded in 852, during the reign (r. 822 – 852) of Emir Abd ar-Rahman II.
EUTROPIA,there is no information on St. Eutropia in any of the old martyrologies, and other than a mention by St. Sidonius Apollinaris (21st August) nothing about her life is known with any certainty. According to tradition, St. Eutropia was a holy woman in Auvergne, France, who is believed to have flourished in the fifth century.
HERNAN (Sixth Century), a native of Britain, who fled to Brittany during the Anglo-Saxon invasion. There he lived as a hermit at a place which came to be called Locarn, and of which he is also the patron-saint.
LEOBINUS (LUBIN), born near Poitiers to a family of peasants, he received monastic tonsure at Ligugé Abbey (Abbaye Saint-Martin de Ligugé) in Vienne, and became an anchorite in early life. St. Leobinus was later ordained to the priesthood, then made Abbot of Brou and finally consecrated Bishop of Chartres (circa 544). As Bishop, St. Leobinus participated in the fifth Council of Orleans (549), and the second Council of Paris (551). St. Leobinus reposed circa 557.
MAMILLIAN, a Bishop of Palermo in Sicily during the era when the Arian Vandals dominated the island. Exiled by the Arian King Genseric, St. Mamillian reposed circa 460 in Tuscany, his relics were eventually translated to Palermo.
MERINUS (MERRYN, MEADHRAN), as with many of his contemporaries, it is almost impossible to separate fact from fiction in the limited amount of information that remains on the life of St. Merinus. He is commonly believed to have entered Bangor Abbey while still a youth, where he was a disciple of St. Comgall (10th May), serving at one point as Prior. St. Merinus journeyed to Scotland where he founded the monastic community that became Paisley Abbey. Eventually what is now Paisley, Renfrewshire in Scotland, grew up around the Abbey, and St. Merinus is the patron saint of both the town, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paisley. St. Merinus reposed circa 620.
NICOMEDES, (Date Uncertain), nothing certain is known of St. Nicomedes, the Roman Martyrology and St. Bede the Venerable (25th May) list him on this date, however, the first three manuscripts of the Martyrologium Hieronymianum make no mention of him. It seems safe to say he was an early martyr of the Roman Church. According to most legends St. Nicomedes was a priest, and was martyred at the end of the first century, though there are some recensions which place it during the reign of Emperor Maximianus, at the beginning of the fourth century.
PORPHYRIUS, an actor who was performing before the Emperor Julian the Apostate on the Emperor’s birthday in either 361 or 362. One of the scenes in the play mimicked the sacrament of baptism; St. Porphyrius was immersed, and the baptismal formula recited. However, as St. Porphyrius emerged, he declared himself to be a Christian. Emperor Julian immediately ordered that St. Porphyrius be tortured and then beheaded.
RIBERT, a seventh century Abbot of Saint-Valèry-sur-Somme. It is possible St. Ribert was a bishop, and if so it would have been as a regional bishop of Normandy and Picardy.
RITBERT, a monk and disciple of St. Ouen (24th August). St. Ritbert also served as Abbot of the monastery in Varennes in Lorraine before reposing circa 690.
VALERIAN, one of the group of fifty Christians, including St. Photinus (2nd June), imprisoned at Lyons by Marcus Aurelius. St. Valerian managed to escape and was able to spend some time evangelising in what is now the Burgundy region of France. Unfortunately, he was captured and put to death near Châlon-sur-Saone circa 178.
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”.