Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ACCA, known as one of the most learned bishops of his century, he was held in great esteem by St. Bede the Venerable (25th May) who described him as ‘great in the sight of God and man’. St. Acca began his monastic life as a disciple of SS. Bosa (9th March) and Wilfrid (12th October). During St. Wilfrid’s exile (circa 678 – 681), St. Acca served as a travelling companion to St. Wilfrid. Following their return to England, St. Acca served as Abbot of St. Andrew’s in Hexham, and in 709, succeeded his former master as Bishop of Hexham, serving that See until his repose circa 740.
ADERALD, the Archdeacon of Troyes who went lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Returning with many holy relics, he built the Priory of Saint-Sépulcre at Samblières (present-day Villacerf) on the outskirts of Troyes. St. Aderald reposed in 1004.
AIDAN, a bishop in Co. Mayo, Ireland who reposed in 768, and of whom nothing further is known.
BERNARD of BAGNOREA (of CASTRO), a native of Bagnorea, Calabra who served as Bishop of Vulcia in Tuscany in the late eighth century St. Bernard reposed circa 800.
BRADAN and ORORA (CRORA), (Date Uncertain), nothing is known about SS. Bradan and Orora other than the existence of a Kirk Braddan (Church of St. Braddan) near Douglas, Isle of Man, and a reference made on a sixteenth century map to a church of St. Crora. In addition, there is a tradition of their veneration on the Isle of Man.
CAPRASIUS, a native of Agen in Aquitaine, St. Caprasius initially went into hiding during Diocletian’s persecutions. Inspired by the courage shown by St. Faith (6th October), St. Caprasius come out of hiding, and openly proclaimed himself to be a Christian. For this he was beheaded, 303.
IRENE,a nun in Portugal, of whom nothing certain can be said with confidence. She is said to have been martyred by Visigoths circa 653. She is the patron saint of both Tomar and Santarém in Portugal.
MARTHA, SAULA, and COMPANIONS, (Fourth Century), martyrs with St. Ursula (21st October) in Cologne.
MAXIMUS of AQUILA, a very devout and dedicated deacon in Aquila in the Abruzzo region of present-day Italy. He was tortured and then martyred by being thrown off a cliff during the Decian Persecution circa 250. St. Maximus is one of the patron saints of L’Aquila Italy.
SINDULF of RHEIMS, a hermit in Aussonce near Rheims, who reposed in 660.
VITALIS, Abbot of St. Peter’s Abbey, and second Bishop of Salzburg. St. Vitalis succeeded St. Rupert (27th March) in both positions in 717, and continued until his repose in 745.
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”.