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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church

5th November


5th November

AUGUSTINE and PAULINUS, (Sixth Century), two monks whom St. Benedict (11th July) charged with the founding of a monastery at Terracina in present-day Latina, Italy.

BERTILLA, St. Bertilla received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of Our Lady of Jouarre, and later served as the first Abbess of the re-founded Abbey of Our Lady of Chelles. She served as abbess for close to half a century, until her repose circa 703.

DOMINATOR, Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy. St. Dominator reposed circa 495.

FELIX and EUSEBIUS, two first century martyrs at Terracina, a town approximately 56 km / 35 mi south-east of Rome on the Via Appia.

FIBITIUS, there are no verifiable details of St. Fibitius extant. Some sources list him as the abbot of an unnamed monastery in Trier, others as Bishop of Trier. St. Fibitius reposed circa 500.

HERMENEGILD, a monk at an abbey in Salcedo in Spanish Galatia. St. Hermenegild assisted St. Rudesind (1st March) building abbeys and monasteries throughout Galatia. He reposed in 586.

KANTEN (CANNEN), (Eighth Century), the founder of Lianganten in Powys in Wales. There is no further information on his life extant.

KEA (KAY, KENAN), (Sixth Century), what is known of St. Kea's life is from a seventeenth-century précis of a now lost Latin hagiography, and an incomplete sixteenth-century Cornish language play that was lost until 2000. Hence any details of his life should be viewed with scepticism.

The extant documents relate that St. Kea was the son of King Lleuddun Luyddog of Lothian and was a bishop in north Britain before becoming a hermit. Traveling first to Wales, St. Kea then headed south, founding churches at Street, Somerset, and Landkey, Devon. St. Kea finally settled at what is today Kea in Cornwall, which takes its name from him. He is also believed to have spent some time in Brittany, where he is venerated as St. Quay, and may have reposed there.

Troparion of St. Kea — Tone I

Thou wast unsparing in thy missionary labours/

in Brittany and Cornwall, O Hierarch Kea./

As thou didst make the flame of the Orthodox Faith/

burn brightly in the face of defiant paganism,/

pray to God for us, that we devote our lives to confronting the paganism of our times/

for the glory of Christ's Kingdom and the salvation of men's souls.

LAETUS, based upon pious legend, St. Laetus received monastic tonsure at the age of twelve at an unknown monastery in the area of Orléans France. He reposed circa 533, and relics were enshrined at Saint-Lyé-la-Forêt, which takes its name from him

MAGNUS, Archbishop of Milan from circa 520 until his repose in 525. The Roman Martyrology calls him a confessor, other than that there is little known of St. Magnus.

SPINULUS (SPINULA, SPIN), a disciple of St. Hidulf (11th July) at the Abbey of Moyenmoutier (64 km / 40 mi south-west of Strasbourg). St. Spinulus reposed in either 707 or 720.

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.