Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 24th August
AUREA, from the many accounts of the life of St. Aurea it may be deduced that after being subjected to a multitude of tortures, she was martyred by being thrown into the sea at Ostia near Rome circa 270.
BREGWIN, little is known of the life of St. Bregwin, as there are no contemporary records extant, though some of his letters to St. Lull of Mainz (16th October) still survive. His Life by Eadmer, a twelfth century English historian, theologian, ecclesiastic, and bishop, offers little more than the dates of his tenure as the twelfth Archbishop of Canterbury, and allusions to ‘many miracles’. St. Bregwin reposed 764; he was buried in the Chapel of St. John the Baptist at the East end of Canterbury Cathedral.
OUEN, (AUDÖENUS, ALDWIN, OWEN, DADO), whilst serving in various high offices at the Courts of Clotaire and Dagobert, St. Audoenus met and formed a close friendship with St. Eligius (1st December). They resolved to enter the Church and together were consecrated bishops; St. Eligius of Noyon, and St. Audoenus succeeding St. Romanus (23rd October) at Rouen. St. Audoenus served his See for over forty years, doing much to promote Christianity and was acclaimed a saint shortly after his repose, at Clichy, 683.
PATRICE (PATRICK, PATRICIUS), (Date Unknown), though he is listed on this date in the old Roman Martyrology as an Abbot of Nevers in present-day France, there is nothing definitively known about him, and he has been deleted from more recent martyrologies.
PATRICK, this saint is known as St. Patrick the Elder to differentiate him from his celebrated namesake and possible relative, St. Patrick of Ireland (17th March). Few details of his life are known to us. It is variously reported that he reposed (circa 450) at Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny in Ireland, or at Glastonbury, Somerset, in England, though it seems that at some point his relics were enshrined at Glastonbury. Neither of these Irish St. Patricks are to be confused with the St. Patrice (Patrick) (vide supra), Abbot of Nevers in France, who is also commemorated on 24th August.
PTOLEMY, (First Century),a disciple of the Apostle Peter (29th June) who sent him to evangelise the people of Tuscany. He was martyred in Nepi.
ROMANUS of NEPI, a Bishop and martyr of Nepi in Tuscany. He is generally considered to have been a disciple of St. Ptolemy (vide supra), and also was sent by the Apostle Peter (29th June).
SANDRATUS (SANDRADUS), a monk of the monastery of St. Maximinus at Trier, who was sent by the Emperor Otto I to institute needed reforms to the monastery of St. Gall (972). Having successfully completed that mission, St. Sandratus was made Abbot of Gladbach and Abbot of Weissenburg.
YRCHARD (IRCHARD, YARCARD), (Fifth Century), St. Yrchard was a disciple of St. Ternan (12th June) who consecrated him missionary bishop to work amongst the Picts. Nothing further about St. Yrchard is known to us.
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”.