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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church

4th January


4th January

AQUILINUS, GEMINUS, EUGENE, MARCIAN, QUINTUS, THEODOTUS, and TRYPHON, seven Christians martyred (circa A.D. 484) in North Africa during the reign of the Arian King Hunneric.

DAFROSA (AFFROSA), wife of St. Flavian (22nd December), and mother of SS. Bibiana (2nd December) and Demetria (21st June ). St. Dafrosa was martyred (circa A.D. 362) by beheading in the persecutions during the reign of Julian the Apostate.

FERREOLUS, a sixth century A.D. Bishop of Uzès and brother of St. Tarsica of Rodez (15th January). St. Ferreolus founded a monastery in his diocese, and wrote its Rule. He was also exiled from his See for three years by King Childebert I over political differences. St. Ferreolus reposed in A.D. 581.

GREGORY of LANGRES, a governor of Autun, who following the death of his wife, was ordained to the priesthood, and later consecrated sixteenth Bishop of Langres. St. Gregory was noted for the kindness and understanding with which he dealt with his flock. He was the great-uncle of St. Gregory of Tours (17th November). St. Gregory reposed in A.D. 539, and was succeeded by his son, St. Tetricus (20th March).

LIBENTIUS (LIÄWIZO), a monk who ministered to the poor and sick in Bremen prior to being consecrated Archbishop of Hamburg and Bishop of Bremen (one See) in A.D. 988. St. Libentius served his See until his repose in A.D. 1013.

MAVILUS (MAJULUS), martyred in Hadrumetum (present-day Sousse, Tunisia) during the reign of Caracalla for refusing to worship idols. St. Mavilus was thrown to wild animals to devour. His martyrdom is dated A.D. 212.

PHARÄILDIS (VAREIDE, VERYLDE, VEERLE), a young maiden in Ghent, St. Pharäildis, who had made a vow of virginity, was married against her will. She was abused by her husband for her insistence on keeping her vow and for her late-night visits to church. When St. Pharäildis was widowed, she was still a virgin. One legend says she caused water to spring forth, which healed sick children. St. Pharäildis reposed circa A.D. 740, and is one of the patron saints of Ghent.

PRISCUS, PRISCILLIAN, and BENEDICTA, three Christians martyred (A.D. 362) for refusing to renounce their faith during the persecutions under Julian the Apostate.

RIGOBERT, Abbot of L'Abbaye d'Orbais in the Marne region, and a celebrated wonderworker, consecrated Archbishop of Rheims in A.D. 721. St. Rigobert was later exiled by Charles Martel, and an uncanonical intruder was installed. St. Rigobert was later able to return to his See, but to avoid scandal, St. Rigobert deferred to the intruder and spent the rest of his life as a hermit. St. Rigobert reposed circa A.D. 745.

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.