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27th October

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27th October

ABBAN, (Sixth Century), the nephew of St. Kevin (3rd June) and the founder of many monasteries. He is often confused with the St. Abban (16th March) who was the nephew of St. Ibar (23rd April) and founder of Kill-Abban monastery in Leinster, Ireland. Unfortunately, there is no reliable Life of either of these saints extant.

Troparion of St. Abban — Tone VIII

In Ireland's fertile soil thou didst plant the seeds of

monasticism, O Father Abban,/ and didst nurture

a great flowering of God-pleasing virtue./ Continue

steadfastly in thy enduring love, to lead mankind to

God/ and by thy prayers may we be granted great mercy.

COLMAN of SENBOTH-FOLA, little is known of St. Colmán. He was Abbot of Senboth-Fola near Ferns in Ireland, and is believed to have been a disciple of St. Aidan of Ferns (31st January). St. Colman reposed circa 632.

Troparion of St. Colman of Senboth-Fola — Tone VIII

Through trials and temptations thou didst shepherd/

steadfastly in thy enduring love, to lead mankind to

the monastics of Senboth-Fola, O Father Colman,/

steadfastly in thy enduring love, to lead mankind to

and didst guide many souls on their pilgrimage to Christ./

Wherefore, we pray thee, intercede with Him,

that our souls may be saved.

DESIDERIUS (DIDIER), consecrated the twentieth Bishop of Auxerre in 614, St. Desiderius served the See until his repose in 625.

FLORENTIUS, a third century martyr in Trois-Châteaux in Burgundy. No further information on his life is extant.

GAUDIOSUS the AFRICAN (of NAPLES), amongst the many orthodox Christians forced into exile by the Arian Vandal King Genseric, was St. Gaudiosus, Bishop of Abitina in Africa Proconsularis. Exiled in 440, St. Gaudiosus settled in Naples where he founded a monastery where he lived until his repose circa 455.

NAMATIUS (NAMACE), the ninth Bishop of Clermont, serving from circa 446 until his repose circa 462. His episcopacy is principally remembered for the building of the Cathedral of SS. Vitalis and Agricola. In History of the Franks (II.xvi), St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) wrote a detailed summary of the completed building which he says "the fear of God is in it".

OTTERAN (ODHRAN), St. Otteran has always been held in great veneration in Ireland. He was an abbot in Co. Meath, Ireland, accompanied St. Columba of Iona (9th June) to Scotland, and is said to have been the first person to repose at Iona (c.563). The graveyard at Iona is called Reilig Odhráin (St. Otteran’s Graveyard) in his memory. According to Irish tradition, St. Columba saw devils and angels fight over St. Otteran’s soul before it ascended into heaven, and is also the main patron saint of the Diocese of Waterford.

Troparion of St. Otteran — Tone VIII

O Father Otteran, thou wast the first among the

saintly Columba's disciples to repose/ and be laid to

rest in the blessed soil of Iona./ As in thy life thou

didst live only for Christ,/ we pray thee to intercede

for us that we may follow thee into the way of salvation.

VINCENT, SABINA, and CHRISTETA, three Spanish Christians martyred (circa 303) during the Diocletianic Persecution.

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”.

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