Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 2nd August
AUSPICIUS, (Date Uncertain), there is no information on St. Auspicius extant, however he is generally considered to have been the first Bishop of Apt in southeast France.
BOETHARIUS, (BETHARIUS, BERHTARIUS, BERTHAIRE, BÉTHAIRE, BUTHAIRE, BOHAIRE), served as the twentieth Bishop of Chartres from circa 594 until his repose circa 623. Prior to his elevation to the episcopate, St. Boetharius was chaplain to Clothaire II.
ETHELDRITHA (ALFREDA), the daughter of King Offa and Queen Quendreda of Mercia, she was betrothed to St. Ethelbert (20th May), King of the East Angles. However, Queen Quendreda had King St. Ethelbert assassinated, and his body secretly buried, so that her brother could ascend to the throne. Following the martyrdom of King St. Ethelbert, St. Etheldritha entered the monastery of St. Guthlac (11th April) in Croyland. She lived there as an anchoress in a cell in the south part of the church opposite the high altar for forty years until her repose circa 835.
EUSEBIUS of VERCELLI, consecrated first Bishop of Vercelli in Piedmont (340). He was exiled for refusing to condemn St. Athanasius of Alexandria, first to Scythopolis in Syria, then Cappadocia, and finally to the Thebaid, in Upper Egypt. Freed in 362, St. Eusebius returned to his See, serving as Bishop until his repose 371.
MAXIMUS of PADUA, (Second Century), the second Bishop of Padua, he succeeded St. Prosdocimus (7th November).
PLEGMUND, little is known of St. Plegmund’s early life. As an adult, he developed a reputation as a scholar which caught the attention of King Alfred the Great, who summoned St. Plegmund to Court to help in the King’s undertaking to revive scholarship in his realm. Later, in 890, King Alfred the Great selected him to be the twentieth Archbishop of Canterbury. During St. Plegmund’s episcopate he worked to restore the English church in general, and the authority of the See of Canterbury in particular, which had been weakened by the Viking invasions. St. Plegmund reorganised the Diocese of Winchester, creating four new Sees (Crediton, Ramsbury, Sherborne and Wells), and worked with other scholars in translating religious works. St. Plegmund reposed in 914.
Troparion of St. Plegmund – Tone V
The solitary life of stillness and contemplation didst thou leave
behind in Cheshire when thou wast called by God and king to
become the primate of the Church in Canterbury, O blessed one; yet
thou hast left us thy most sacred well as a token of the Mystery of
Holy Baptism and a surety of thine abiding care. O holy bishop
Plegmund, never cease to pray that our souls be saved.
RUTILIUS, according to Tertullian, St. Rutilius was a native of North Africa who, during the Decian persecution, spent his time fleeing from place to place, and even bribing officials. However, he was eventually caught and martyred for his faith 250.
SIDWELL (SATIVOLA), (Date Uncertain), believed to have lived in the west of England; she was most likely of British, rather than Anglo-Saxon ancestry. There are several churches dedicated to her in the Exeter area. Unfortunately, there is no historical record of her life, nor any information about her martyrdom, though one legend claims she was beheaded by reapers incited by her stepmother.
STEPHEN I, hieromartyr Stephen I of Rome was the Bishop of Rome from 254 until his martyrdom 257. During his pontificate he strenuously argued again the heresy of Novatus, and brought many pagans to Christ. The most common legends state that he was beheaded whilst celebrating the Eucharist.
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”.