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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 23rd December

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23rd December

DAGOBERT II, son of St. Sigebert III (1st February), king of Austrasia, and Chimnechild of Burgundy. St. Sigebert reposed in 656, while St. Dagobert was still a child and the throne was stolen by St. Dagobert’s guardian Gimoald who wanted it for his son, Childebert. St Dagobert was exiled to Ireland. St. Dagobert had several children, including SS. Irmina of Oeren and Adela of Pfalzel (both 24th December). Ultimately, he was recalled to Austrasia where he died in an alleged hunting accident, which is widely believed to have been murder, by Ebroin, designed to permanently remove him from the throne, and is considered a martyr.

FRITHBERT (FRITHUBEORHT, FRITHUBERHT, FRITHUBERTUS) of HEXHAM, the successor of St. Acca (20th October) as seventh Bishop of Hexham which he ruled from 8th September, 734 until his repose on 23rd December, 766.

MAZOTA of ABERNETHY, (Eighth Century?), the leader of a group of holy virgins from Ireland who settled at Abernethy on the Tay, Perth and Kinross, Scotland where they founded a religious community. There are differing accounts of the number in this company, with some sources saying nineteen, and others only nine. To further complicate things some sources confuse them with the daughters of St. Donald of Ogilvy (15th July) who are known as the ‘the Nine Maidens’, whilst still others make them out to be a contemporary of St. Brigid of Kildare (1st February) who flourished during the late fourth, early fifth century. St. Mazota seems to have been a woman of great sanctity and Forbes’ Kalendar of Scottish Saints mentions numerous, but unspecified, miracles performed by her, and after her repose through her intercession which resulted in her tomb being a noted place of pilgrimage.

MIGDONIUS and MARDONIUS, imperial officials in Rome who were martyred during the Diocletianic Persecution (A.D. 303) for refusing to renounce their faith.

SERVULUS, St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) wrote of St. Servulus, a man with severe palsy, who begged in front of the church of St. Clement in Rome. He kept only the minimum funds necessary for the barest existence, giving the rest to those he considered in straits more dire than his. St. Servulus reposed circa 590.

VICTORIA and ANATOLIA, two Christian sisters betrothed to pagans, who refused to marry them or take part in pagan rituals. They were denounced to the authorities and martyred in 250.

VINTILA, a hermit at Pugino in Galicia who reposed in 890.

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