Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ALEXANDER of the VIA CLAUDIA, (Second Century), a bishop in Greater Rome, St. Alexander was arrested and tortured after his wonderworking brought him to the notice of the authorities. He was beheaded on the Claudian Way, about 30 km / 20 mi from Rome. In the fourth century Pope St. Damasus (11th December) had his relics translated to Rome where they were enshrined.
GERULPH, a Flemish nobleman and heir to a vast estate. St. Gerulph was killed (circa 746) shortly after Chrismation by an avaricious relative in hopes of inheriting St. Gerulph's wealth and property. St. Gerulph pardoned his murderer with his dying breath.
MABYN, (Sixth Century), according to Cornish tradition, St. Mabyn was one of the many children of King St. Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April). The village and civil parish of St. Mabyn is named for her, and St. Mabyn Parish Church located in St. Mabyn, Cornwall, England, is said to have been founded by her. The earliest mention of her is in a twelfth century Life of St. Nectan (17th June). The saints Mabon and Mabenna are often mentioned either together or, are conflated, and are generally associated with St. Teio of Llandaff (9th February). Church of England priest, hagiographer, and all round scholar Sabine Baring Baring-Gould (†1924) speculates that St. Mabon may have been male and St. Teio’s brother and the true founder of the parish church, as well as Llanvabon (a parish in South Wales), and that the attribution to a female St. Mabyn came about after the true history had been lost. The only certainty regarding these saints is that they have had a strong cultus in Wales and Cornwall, are associated with St. Teio, and have lent their names to some locations in Wales and Cornwall.
MAURA of TROYES, a young maiden in Troyes in Champagne (north-central France), who dedicated her brief life to prayer and good works. St. Maura reposed in 850, at the age of twenty-three.
PAMPHILUS of ROME, (Date Unknown), an early martyr in Rome of whom nothing further is known.
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”.