Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 16th August
AMBROSE, the patron saint of Ferentino in present-day Lazio central Italy, St. Ambrose a fourth-century centurion in the Roman army. He was subjected torture and then executed for his faith during the Diocletianic Persecution. In 1108 the relics of St. Ambrose were enshrined in the Ferentino Cathedral (Duomo di Ferentino; Basilica Cattedrale dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo).
ARMAGILLUS (ARMEL), a Welsh missionary to Brittany, and cousin of St. Samson (28th July), St. Armagillus was one of the missionaries who founded the monasteries of Saint-Armel-des-Boscheaux monastery in Ille-et-Vilaine, and Plou-Ermel (Ploërmel). St. Armagillus is also commemorated in the name of civil parish and village of St Erme in Cornwall, England.
ELEUTHERIUS, fifteenth Bishop of Auxerre from 533 until his repose 561.
SIMPLICIAN,a close friend and advisor of St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December), whom he succeeded as Bishop of Milan in 397. St. Simplician reposed 400.
STEPHEN of HUNGARY, considered the first King of Hungary (997). Together with his wife Gisela, set about enlightening their people. St. Stephen organised dioceses and founded monasteries (among them Pannonhalma, which still exists). He reposed 1038, and is one of the most popular saints in Hungary, and feast day is celebrated as a state holiday commemorating the foundation of the nation.
TITUS, a deacon martyred (circa 410) during the sack of Rome by the Goths while he was providing aid to the beleaguered population.
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”.