Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ALPHEGE the MARTYR, St. Alphege was the founding-Abbot of an unnamed monastery at Bath. In A.D. 984, he succeeded St. Ethelwold (1st August) as Bishop of Winchester, and in A.D. 1006 he was consecrated thirtieth Archbishop of Canterbury. St. Alphege was murdered by the Danes (circa A.D. 1012) during a drunken feast because he would not ransom himself at the expense of his poor tenants, and was therefore regarded as a martyr, the only Orthodox Archbishop of Canterbury to have been martyred. His relics were enshrined in St. Paul’s in London and later in Canterbury.
GEROLD, a member of the ducal family of Saxony who donated his land to the Abbey of Our Lady of the Hermits of Einsiedeln in Switzerland where his two sons, Cuno and Ulric, were monks. Following the example of St. Meinrad (21st January) the founder of Einsiedeln, St. Gerold became a hermit in the Tyrol, under the obedience of the Abbot of Einsiedeln. St. Gerold reposed in A.D. 978.
URSMAR, Abbot-Bishop of the Abbey of St. Peter of Lobbes, and spiritual father of St. Dodo (1st October). St. Ursmar also assisted in the founding of abbeys at Aulne and Wallers-en-Fagne in Hainaut. St. Ursmar reposed in A.D. 713.
VINCENT of COLLIOURE, martyred at Collioure in Languedoc circa A.D. 304, during the Diocletianic Persecution.
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”.