Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
CEADWALLA (CADWALLA), a pagan King of Wessex, who, repenting his cruel and cunning ways, abdicated his throne, and went to Rome where he was baptised by Pope St. Sergius (8th September), and given the name Peter. St. Ceadwalla reposed 10 days after his baptism reposed (689), still in Rome and wearing his white baptismal robe, and thus was numbered amongst the Saints. He is buried in a crypt in Saint Peter’s Basilica.
HARDUIN, a monk at Abbey of St. Wandrille in Fontenelle, Normandy who spent his later years as a hermit, devoting his time to copying the works of the Fathers. St. Harduin reposed in 811.
HUGH of ANZY-LE-DUC, after finishing his education at the Abbey of St. Savin in Poitou, St. Hugh received monastic tonsure there. He helped several other monasteries revive their monastic life, and later assisted St. Berno (13th January) in founding the Abbey of St. Peter in Cluny, Aquitaine. St. Hugh reposed at Anzy-le-Duc circa 930.
MARCELLINUS, VINCENT, and DOMNINUS, natives of North Africa who travelled to Gaul where they preached in the Dauphiné. St. Marcellinus was consecrated first Bishop of Embrun by St. Eusebius of Vercelli (2nd August). St. Vincent went on to be consecrated Bishop of Digne, and St. Domininus served as a missionary bishop in Gaul. They reposed circa 374, and their relics are enshrined in Digne-les-Bains in the French Alps.
MARCIAN of AUXERRE, a wonderworking monk at the Abbey of SS. Cosmas and Damian in Auxerre, where he was given the obedience of keeping the Abbey’s cattle. The date of the repose of St. Marcian is listed as taking place somewhere between 466 and 477.
SULPICIUS and SERVILIAN, martyrs in Rome who were beheaded under Emperor Trajan (r. 98-117) circa 117. According to tradition they were converted to the Faith through the prayers of St. Flavia Domitilla (12th May).
VINCENT of DIGNE, a native of North Africa, probably of Berber heritage, who emigrated to southern Gaul to evangelise the area. Together with St. Domninus (5th November) he is credited with bringing to Christ the bulk of the population in Digne-les-Bains. St. Vincent served as the second Bishop of Digne following the repose of St. Domninus in the late fourth century.
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”.