Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 31st July
CALIMERIUS Apostle of the Po Valley, though there are several legends regarding the life of St. Calimerius, all that is certain is that he was a bishop whose relics were enshrined in Milan’s Basilica di San Calimero, and in all likelihood his episcopate was in the late third, not second as is often reported, century .
FABIUS, a Christian soldier beheaded in Caesarea in Mauretania Caesariensis (present-day Cherchell, Algeria) during the Diocletianic Persecution (300) for refusing to carry a standard bearing idolatrous emblems, and stating his faith in Christ as the reason for his refusal.
FIRMUS of TAGASTE, (Date Unknown), praised by St. Augustine of Hippo (28th August) for the steadfastness of his faith, St. Firmus was a Bishop a Bishop of Tagaste in north-eastern Numidia (present-day Algeria), who endured horrifying torture for refusing to reveal the hiding-place of a fellow Christian.
GERMANUS of AUXERRE, a native of Auxerre, and one-time governor of part of Gaul, who went on to serve as Bishop of his city of birth. He made two visits to Britain, the first to help combat Pelagianism (possibly accompanied by St. Lupus of Troyes), and a second trip where he is said to have ordained SS. Dubricius (14th November) and Illtyd (6th November). St. Germanus reposed in Ravenna 448.
NEOT, (Ninth Century), St. Neot is the subject of an eleventh century Life, according to which he was a monk at Glastonbury Abbey and councillor of King Alfred the Great. St. Neot retired to a hermitage in Cornwall. In time, a group of disciples gathered around him; this community grew into present-day St. Neot, Cornwall. He is thought to have reposed circa 880, and was buried at St. Neot, Cornwall, though some of his relics were later translated to the town now called St. Neots in Cambridgeshire England.
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”.