Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 19th December
ANASTASIUS I, the thirty-ninth Pope of Rome. He encouraged Christians in North Africa to fight against Donatism, and condemned the writings of Origen at a Council he summoned in 400. St. Anastasius I reposed in 401.
AVITUS (ADJUTUS), (Date Unknown), an Abbot of the Abbey of Saint-Mesmin in Micy near Orléans. St. Avitus is said to have had the gift of clairvoyance.
FAUSTA, (Third Century), the mother of St. Anastasia of Sirmium (25th December).
GREGORY of AUXERRE, the Bishop of Auxerre in Burgundy from circa 527 until his repose circa 540.
MANIRUS, (Date Uncertain), one of the Apostles of the north of Scotland. There is an office for him in the Aberdeen Breviary.
RIBERT (RIBARIUS), an Abbot of Saint-Oyend, who reposed circa 790.
TIMOTHY, a deacon burnt alive in North Africa circa 250, no further information is extant.
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”.