Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
DIGNA and EMERITA, Roman maidens who were arrested and tortured for being Christians during the persecutions during the reign Valerian (254-259). Whilst standing before their judges and praying, SS. Digna and Emerita reposed. The pagans dumped their sacred remains in open country, which were rescued by their fellow Christians and interred with those of SS. Felix and Adauctus (30th August). Their relics were later translated to the Church of San Marcello al Corso in Rome and enshrined under the main altar.
EMMERAMUS (EMMERAM), a native of Poitiers who went to Bavaria help spread Christianity. He later served as Abbot Bishop of Regensburg. St. Emmeramus was killed (circa 690) whilst on his way to Rome, and has been venerated as a martyr ever since. St. Emmeram's Abbey was subsequently built over his grave circa 739.
FLORENTIUS (FLORENT, FLORENCE), (Fifth Century), a native of Bavaria who was a disciple of St. Martin of Tours (11th November). St. Martin ordained St. Florentius to the priesthood and sent him to evangelise in Poitou (the region surrounding Tours). In later life he went to live as a hermit at Mt. Glonne in Anjou, where he attracted so many disciples, an abbey (later Abbaye de Saint-Florent-le-Vieil) had to be built for them. St. Florentius reposed at an advanced age, some legends state 120 years, and was buried at his abbey.
JONAS (YON), a companion or disciple of St. Dionysius (Denis) of Paris (9th October), who evangelised Chartres, and was martyred at some point in the third century.
LAUTO (LAUDO, LAUDUS, LÔ), a nobleman who served as the fifth Bishop of Coutances in Normandy from 528 until his repose 568. Upon inheriting his family's estate, he donated the lands to his diocese, part of which became the village of Saint-Lô.
SALABERGA, healed of blindness by St. Eustace of Lisieux (29th March), as a child, and then married very young, but her husband died after only two months. She then married Blandinus of Laon, with whom she had five children, including SS. Baldwin (16th October), and Anstrudis (17th October). Later in life she and her husband mutually agreed to separate and enter monastic life, with her husband becoming an anchorite and St. Salaberga being tonsured at Poulangey. St. Salaberga went on to found the convent of St. John the Baptist in Laon, reposing there circa 665.
SANCTINUS, whilst there is no definitive evidence extant, St. Sanctinus is traditionally considered to have been the first Bishop of Meaux and a disciple of St. Dionysius (Denis) of Paris (9th October). St. Sanctinus reposed circa 300.
SILVANUS, (Date Unknown), an early saint venerated from time immemorial in Levroux France. No reliable information on his life is extant.
THEBAN LEGION, the army of Emperor Maximianus Herculius (286 – 305) included a legion of Christians who were based in Thebes in Egypt. Whilst marching his army across the Alps to suppress a revolt in Gaul, the Emperor camped near Agaunum (present-day Saint-Maurice, Switzerland) and included in his preparation for battle public sacrifices, in which the Christians, naturally, refused to participate, and were, as a result, ruthlessly executed (circa 287). A basilica was built in Agaunum, now St-Maurice-en-Valais to enshrine the relics of the martyrs.
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”.