Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 29th July
FAUSTINUS, (Fourth Century), a disciple of St. Felix (18th May) a Bishop of Martano or Spello in Perugia in east central Umbria. St. Faustinus was St. Felix’s attendant at his martyrdom, and himself was tortured for Christ but not martyred, and later reposed peacefully in Todi in Umbria.
KILIAN, (Seventh Century), St. Kilian was abbot of a monastery on the Island of Inniscaltra, and author of a Life of St. Brigid (1st February). No further information on his life is extant.
LUPUS (LOUP, LEU) of TROYES, married to Pimeniola, a sister of St. Hilary of Arles (5th May), though after six years, they separated by mutual agreement. St. Lupus renounced his wealth and received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of Our Lady of Lérins. With great reluctance, he was consecrated seventh Bishop of Troyes (circa 426). He is often said to have been the same Lupus who accompanied St. Germanus of Auxerre (31st July) to Britain to assist in the elimination of Pelagianism. According to tradition, St. Lupus is credited with saving Troyes from Attila the Hun (453), however many modern scholars question the veracity of this. St. Lupus reposed 478.
OLAV of NORWAY (OLAF, TOLA), repenting of a youth spent as a pirate, he was baptised in Rouen (1010), three years later he helped Æthelred II defend England against the Danes. Upon ascending to the throne (1015), he immediately summoned missionaries, mainly from England, to enlighten his homeland. This was only partially successful, and he was driven from his kingdom. In an attempt to recover it, he fell in battle at Stiklestad (1030). Not long after St. Olav’s martyrdom, he was declared Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae. In modern Norway, he still has prominent cultural and legal positions, represented by the axe held by the lion in Norway’s arms, and Olsok (Olaf’s Vigil) on 29th July, is a national day of celebration.
PROSPER of ORLEANS, an early Bishop of Orleans, he reposed circa 453.
SERAPIA, a native of Antioch who was a slave of a Roman noblewoman named Sabina. St. Serapia’s piety so moved her mistress who soon became a Christian too. During the persecution of Christians under Emperor Hadrian, St. Serapia was tortured and finally martyred by beheading, 119.
SILIN (SULIAN), (Sixth Century), St. Silin was the founder and first Abbot of a monastery at Luxulyan in Cornwall. There is some confusion surrounding the details of his life, and it is possible that he was either born in Brittany, or spent time there.
SIMPLICIUS, FAUSTINUS, and BEATRIX, two brothers who, during the Diocletianic Persecution circa 303, were beaten, beheaded, and their bodies thrown in to the Tiber. St. Beatrix, their sister, was strangled in prison seven months later.
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”.