Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-HallWritings on Orthodox Christian theology and related miscellanea.
Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 3rd April
ATTALA (ATTALUS), an abbot of a monastery in Taormina in Sicily. St. Attala reposed circa 800.
BURGUNDOFARA (FARA), (in France 7th December), Sister of SS. Cagnoald (6th September) and Faro (28th October), and daughter of Count Agneric, a courtier of King Theodebert II. St. Burgundofara was drawn to monastic life from childhood, though her father desired her to marry, however after being miraculously cured by St. Eustace (29th March) of a grave illness St. Burgundofara’s father changed his mind, and built her what came to be known as the double Abbey of Notre Dame of Faremoutiers, the etymology of Faremoutiers being “Fara’s Monastery”. St. Burgundofara served as abbess there for thirty-seven years, reposing in 657.
PANCRAS (PANCRATIUS), (First Century), a native of Antioch who travelled to Jerusalem, there he was consecrated as a missionary bishop by the St. Peter the Apostle, and sent to Taormina, Sicily. There he is said to have miraculously saved Taormina from a pagan attract, though soon after St. Pancras was martyred by other pagans.
SIXTUS I (XYSTUS), seventh Pope of Rome from 117 until his repose. His repose was originally thought to be circa 142, however modern research seems to indicate it was closer to circa 125. He is also sometimes referred to as a martyr.
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”.