Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 25th July
APOSTLE JAMES, (on Eastern calendars 30th April and 30th June as one of the Twelve.) The Holy, Glorious, All-Laudable Apostle James, also known as James the Great(er) to distinguish him from the Apostle James Brother of Our Lord, or the Lesser (23rd October). The son of Zebedee, the brother of the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian (8th May), the Apostle is counted amongst the Twelve, and is the only apostle whose martyrdom, in 44, is recorded in the New Testament (Acts 12:1-2), and therefore is traditionally said to be the first of the twelve apostles martyred for his faith. According to legend St. James travelled as far as Spain, where he is the patron saint, and his relics are said to be enshrined Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. The Camino de Santiago has been a significant pilgrimage route since the Early Middle Ages. The Apostle James is also commemorated on 30th December in the Mozarabic Rite.
Troparion of The Holy, Glorious, All-Laudable Apostle James – Tone VIII
As a soldier of the Lord you were ranked among the choir of apostles
Together with your brother, O James, you clung wholeheartedly to the Savior.
Armed with the power of the Spirit you preached him to all and were slain by the sword.
Therefore we sing your praises!
Troparion of The Holy, Glorious, All-Laudable Apostle James – Tone III
You were a chosen apostle of Christ
And the only brother of the beloved Theologian.
Most praised James, ask remission of sins and great mercy
For those who sing hymns to you.
Kontakion of The Holy, Glorious, All-Laudable Apostle James – Tone II
You heard the voice of God calling you
And turned away from the love of your father.
With your brother you hastened after Christ, O glorious James.
With him, you were counted worthy to behold the Lord’s divine Transfiguration!
CUCUPHAS (CUCUFATE, CUGAT, GUINEFORT, QOQOFAS), a North African who was martyred (circa 304) near Barcelona. His relics were translated to France (777), and later enshrined at the Abbey of St. Denys near Paris (835). The Monastery of St. Cugat de Valles, north of Barcelona is believed to be situated on the site of his martyrdom.
FLORENTIUS (FLORENCE) and FELIX, two soldiers who were martyred under Maximinius the Thracian at Furcona near Aquila 235.
GLODESIND, betrothed to a nobleman who was arrested on their wedding day, and soon after executed. After receiving instruction from her aunt, who lived a life of sanctity at Trier, St. Glodesind received monastic tonsure. She later founded a monastery at Metz where she served as the first Abbess. St. Glodesind reposed circa 608.
MAGNERICUS, the Bishop of Trier from circa 566 until his repose in 596. A close friend of St. Gregory of Tours (17th November), St. Magnericus was one of the most well-known and highly respected bishops of his era.
NISSEN, (Fifth Century), converted by St. Patrick (17th March) who then made him Abbot of Montgarth, in present-day Co. Wexford, Ireland.
THEODEMIR, a monk martyred in Cordoba under Emir Abd ar-Rahman II, 851, for refusing to renounce Christianity. He is buried in the choir of the church of Saint Zoilo in Cordoba.
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”.