Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 24th June
AGOARD (AGOARDUS), AGILBERT (AGILBERTUS), and COMPANIONS, a group of Martyrs said to have been too numerous to count. It is said they were massacred in a popular uprising against Christians, at Créteil, near Paris. However, the information regarding these Martyrs currently extant (including the dates — given variously as Third century, or Fifth – Seventh centuries) is quite unreliable.
FAUSTUS and COMPANIONS, (Date Unknown), St. Faustus is the only one a group of twenty-four Martyrs in Rome whose name is still known to us. There are no extant Acts, nor is the date of their martyrdom known. Some have posited that he was converted at the end of her life by St. Dafrosa (4th January), mother of St. Bibiana (2nd December), whilst others count him and his fellow-sufferers as members of the group martyred with St. Luceias (Lucy) (25th June).
GERMOC, (Sixth Century), St. Germoc, an Irish chieftain, was a brother of St. Breaca (4th June). He went to Cornwall where he settled near Mount’s Bay where St. Germoc’s church commemorates him. Unfortunately, no further information on his life is extant.
GOHARDUS GOHARD, a ninth century Bishop of Nantes who was martyred, along with a large number of monks and priests, by raiding Normans on the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner, 843. According to the contemporaneous Chronicles of Nantes they were martyred in the cathedral where they had taken refuge. A later tradition adds the martyrdom happened whilst St. Gohardus was celebrating the Mass, and he fell just as he was saying the Sursum Corda. Some calendars erroneously list his feast on the 25th of June, as the record of the martyrdom in the contemporaneous Chronicles of Nantes clearly states the martyrdom took place on the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner.
HENRY the HAGIOGRAPHER (HERIC), a monk, noted hagiographer, and headmaster of the monastic school at the Abbey of Saint-Germain d'Auxerre, St. Henry reposed circa 880.
IVAN, (Ninth Century), a royal advisor who renounced a senior position at the court of Bohemia to become a hermit. He was buried by St. Ludmilla (16th September).
JOHN of TUI, a ninth century Galician who lived as an anchorite near Tui (Galicia). His relics are enshrined at Tui.
RUMOLD (RUMBOLD, ROMBAULD), sources differ as to whether St. Rumold was a native of Ireland or England, but he travelled to Rome, where he received Episcopal consecration and charged with evangelising Brabant. St. Rumold was quite successful at converting the populace, and from time-to-time preached in neighbouring provinces. On one of these trips, St. Rumbold was set-upon by bandits, who murdered him. His relics are enshrined at the Cathedral of St. Rumbold (Sint-Romboutskathedraal) in Mechelen, Belgium.
SIMPLICIUS of AUTUN, St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) mentions St. Simplicus as a Bishop of Autun who not only eradicated paganism in his diocese, but is said to have baptised one thousand pagans in one day. St. Simplices had married whilst a layman, however, he and his wife lived a celibate and chaste life. St. Simplicius reposed circa 360.
THEODULPHUS (THIOU), the fifth Abbot of the Abbey of St. Peter of Lobbes, and later consecrated Bishop of Lobbes as well. St. Theodulphus reposed in 776.
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”.