Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 4th August
AGABIUS, a third century Bishop of Verona, of whom, sixteenth century ecclesiastical historian, Cardinal Baronius said was “Eminent for his love of God, for his gentle manners and for his liberality towards the poor”. No further details of his life are extant.
EPIPHANES of BESANÇON, (Date Unknown), an early martyr who were venerated at the Cathedral of Besançon in France until the French Revolution. Whilst it is possible there was information of his life up to then, nothing has survived to this day.
EUPHRONIUS, the eighteenth Bishop of Tours from 555 until his repose 573. He was succeeded by St. Gregory of Tours (17th November). St Euphronius played an important role in the rebuilding of Tours after it had been severely destroyed by fire.
ISIDORE of BESANÇON, (Date Unknown), an early martyr who were venerated at the Cathedral of Besançon in France until the French Revolution. Whilst it is possible there was information of his life up to then, nothing has survived to this day.
LUA (LUGID, MOLUA), A disciple of St. Comgall (10th May), St. Lua spent the early part of his monastic life at the great monastery of Bangor. He was acclaimed for his great asceticism and the Rule he wrote for his monks was one of the most austere of its kind. There are many legends about St. Lua of doubtful veracity. It is said he was the founder (some legends say builder) of one hundred and twenty churches or monasteries, and that, even as a child, he was a wonderworker. Miracles attributed to him include St. Lua’s cure of his father’s cancerous foot. St. Lua reposed in the early part of the seventh century, various years from 609 to 622 have been given. In Scotland, his feast was traditionally kept on 25th June.
PEREGRINUS, MACERATUS, and VIVENTIUS, (Sixth Century), according to tradition, most likely apocryphal, they were brothers from Spain, who died in France whilst attempting to rescue their sister from some unknown captivity.
PERPETUA, a Roman matron who was baptised by the Apostle Peter (29th June), and then who converted her husband and son, St. Nazarius (28th July). St. Perpetua’s reposed circa 80, most likely in Rome, but her relics are enshrined in Milan for centuries.
PROTASIUS, (Date Unknown), a martyr who was honoured in Cologne in present-day Germany, about whom nothing further is known.
SITHNEY (SEZNI), a native of Britain, St. Sithney went to Guic-Sezni in Brittany, where he founded a monastery. He is also the patron saint of Sithney in Cornwall. St. Sithney reposed circa 529 and his relics were enshrined at Guic-Sezni.
TERTULLINUS, a priest who was martyred in Rome under Emperor Valerian. According to tradition his martyrdom was only two days after his ordination in 257.
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”.