Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church

20th July


20th July

ANSEGISUS, St. Ansegisus received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Wandrille in Fontenelle, Normandy at the age of eighteen. He was later entrusted by Charlemagne and Louis the Pious with the reform and restoration of several abbeys including SS. Peter and Paul of Luxeuil and Saint-Germer-de-Fly. St. Ansegisus also served as Abbot of Fontenelle. He reposed circa 833.

AURELIUS, a Bishop of Carthage, and colleague of St. Augustine of Hippo (28th August). He was one of the first prelates to condemn the heresy of Pelagianism. St. Aurelius reposed in 429.

ELSWITH, the wife of King Alfred the Great of England; they had several children. Their youngest daughter, Æthelgifu, became a nun and later Abbess of Shaftesbury which had been founded by the King. Following the repose of her husband, St. Elswith received monastic tonsure at Nunnaminster in Winchester, also founded by King Alfred the Great, where she lived in great piety until her repose in 903. St. Elswith was buried alongside her husband and daughter in the Old Minster in the capital at Winchester.

PAUL of ST. ZOILUS, a hierodeacon at the monastery of St. Zoilus in Cordoba who devoted himself, and ultimately, his life, to ministering to Christians imprisoned by the Moors. In 851, St. Paul was beheaded by the Moorish authorities for his work. His relics were enshrined in the church of St. Zoilus.

RHETICUS (RHETICIUS, RHETICE), the first recorded Bishop of Autun. St. Rheticus served from circa 310 until his repose in 334. His feast is listed almost equally as 15th May or 20th July, depending upon the source.

SEVERA, the sister of St. Modoald (12th May), Bishop of Trier. A nun and abbess, St. Severa reposed circa 680.

SEVERA, an abbess of an abbey near Trier, who reposed circa 750.

WULMAR (ULMAR, ULMER, VILMARUS, VOLMAR), a Frankish noble who received monastic tonsure and founded a monastery, later called the Abbey of Saint-Wulmer, at present-day Samer, Pas-de-Calais, France. St. Wulmar reposed 689.

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”.

Details of British Saints excerpted from Orthodox Saints of the British Isles.
Details of continental saints from these sources.