Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 26th July
BENIGNO of MALCESINE (BÉNIGNE), (Late Eighth, Early Ninth Century), a little known hermit in Malcesine near Verona Italy. His cultus has been limited to the Malcesine area of which he shares the patronage of along with St. Charus (vide infra).
CHARUS of MALCESINE (Caro), (Late Eighth, Early Ninth Century), St. Charus was a fellow hermit with St. Benigno (vide supra) in Malcesine of which he is co-patron saint along with St. Benigno. Nothing verifiable is further known, as their lives have been handed down tradition and pious legend.
GOTHALM, a monk at Melk, on the Danube in Lower Austria about 77 km (48 mi) west of Vienna, of whom little is known. He reposed in 1020 of natural causes, and unspecified miracles are said to have occurred at his tomb.
HYACINTH, (Date unknown), according to the Roman Martyrology, St. Hyacinth was martyred at some point during the reign of Emperor Trajan (r. 98–117). Whilst there is no doubt as to St. Hyacinth’s existence, the Bollandists have declared his Acts to be entirely unreliable.
PARASCEVA of ROME (VENERANDA), whilst there are several sources, most of the Orthodox (vide Patriarchate of Moscow, and O.C.A. calendars) commemorate St. Parasceva on this day, she is more commonly commemorated as St. Veneranda on (14th November) (vide Roman Martyrology, the Monks of Ramsgate’s Book of the Saints), and others). To see her hagiographic entry go to 14th November
PASTOR, a Roman priest, and according to some sources the brother of Pope St. Pius I (11th July), who is remembered for his work with SS. Pudens (19th May), Praxedes (21st July), and Pudentiana (19th May) to enlighten Pagans in Rome. St. Pastor reposed circa 160.
SIMEON of PADOLIRONE or MANTUA, an Armenian monk who, after living for a while in the Holy land as a hermit, travelled across Italy, France, and Spain as a pilgrim, and becoming known as a wonderworker. Returning through northern Italy he settled at Padolirone Abbey in Mantua, mid-way between Milan and Padua. St. Simeon reposed 1016, his tomb was the site of many miracles which led to him being declared a saint not long after his repose.
SYMPHSONIUS, NEMESIUS, OLYMPIUS, EXUPERIA, and THEODULUS, St. Symphronius, the slave of St. Nemesius a Deacon (25th August) along with St. Olympius, his wife St. Exuperia and their son St. Theodulud were all burned to death for their faith during the Valerian Persecution (257). Pope St. Stephen (2nd August), who had baptised all or some of them in the Catacombs, was martyred shortly afterwards.
VALENS, the Bishop of Verona from 524 until his repose 531. No further information on his life is extant.
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”.