Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 18th August
AGAPITUS, the patron saint of Palestrina, near Rome, St. Agapitus was only fifteen years of age when he was arrested, tortured, and then beheaded for the Orthodox Faith circa 274.
DAIG MAC CAIRILL (DAGAEUS, DAGANUS), (Sixth Century), all of the information on St. Daig Maccairill is of doubtful authenticity, though according to legend he was a disciple of St. Finnian of Clonard (12th December). St. Daig Maccairill is the patron saint of Iniskeen, Co. Monaghan, Ireland, of which he is reputed to have been both Abbot and Bishop, though it is highly unlikely he was ever elevated to the episcopate.
EVAN (INAN), (Ninth Century), a hermit in Ayrshire, Scotland, St. Evan is patron saint of Irvine, Ayrshire. There are several churches in Ayrshire dedicated to him, though the particulars of his life are no longer available.
FIRMINUS of METZ, the limited authoritative information on his life tends to be contradictory. It seems St. Firminus was the twentieth Bishop of Metz from circa 488 until his repose circa 496, and most likely originally from Italy, or perhaps Greece.
FLORUS, LAURUS, PROCULUS, and MAXIMUS, (Second Century), SS. Florus and Laurus were brothers and stonemasons in Illyria; Proculus and Maximus their employers. They were commissioned to construct a pagan temple, which after completion, they handed over to the local Christian community, which destroyed the idols, and erected a cross. After a night of prayer, they were seized by the local authorities, and SS. Florus, Laurus, Proculus, Maximus, along with three hundred others were martyred.
HERMAS, SERAPION, and POLYAENUS, (Date Unknown), victims of a heathen mob in Rome, they were martyred by being dragged by their feet over rough ground until they died. According to tradition, fellow Christians were able to recover the remain of SS. Hermas, Serapion, and Polyaenus which they then properly buried.
JOHN and CRISPUS, (Date Unknown), though there is little documentation of their lives, it is said that SS. John and Crispus were priests in Rome who devoted themselves to recovering and burying the bodies of the martyrs. For this they were arrested and martyred themselves.
MILO, Milo and his father were Frankish noblemen who renounced the world and received monastic tonsure at Fontenelle Abbey. St. Milo later lived as a hermit, and reposed circa 735.
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”.