Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ALEXANDER, (Third Century), one of the countless number martyred in Trier by the Prefect Rictiovarus during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284–305).
APOLLINARIS (AIPLONAY), a member of a prominent Gallo-Roman family, and elder brother of St. Avitus of Vienne (5th February). St. Apollinaris served as the fifth Bishop of Valence in Burgundy from 486 until his repose circa 520.
ATTILANUS, a native of Tarazona near Saragossa in Spain, who worked with his friend St. Froilan (3rd October) to revitalise monastic life at Moreruela Abbey close to Zamora in Castile. St. Attilanus was consecrated Bishop of Zamora on Pentecost, 990, and reposed in 1009.
AYMARD, the third Abbot of Cluny (942 – circa 952). Succeeding St. Odo (11th May), St. Aymard ruled Cluny for about ten years before blindness led him to resign in favour of St. Majolus (11th May). St. Aymard reposed 965.
BONIFACE, (Third Century), another of the countless martyrs in Trier under the orders of Prefect Rictiovarus during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284–305).
FIRMATUS and FLAVIANA, (Date Unknown), St. Firmatus, a deacon, and St. Flaviana, a virgin, are venerated at Auxerre in France. Whilst mentioned in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, there is other no information about them extant. It is possible they may even be two of the companions of St. Placidus ( vide infra), some of whose relics appear to have been brought to France at some point.
GALLA, according to St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September), St. Galla was a well born lady who was widowed in the first year of marriage. St. Galla then founded a monastery and hospital on the Vatican Hill, where she led the life of an anchoress, until her repose from cancer circa 550.
MAGDALVEUS (MADALVEUS, MAUVÉ), a monk at St. Vannes who returned to his birth place of Verdun circa 736 to serve as the twenty-fifth Bishop of that See. As Bishop St. Magdalveus urged both the clergy and laity in his care to regularly receive the Sacrament of Confession and attend Liturgy with appropriate reverence. He reposed circa 776.
MARCELLINUS of RAVENNA, either the second or third Bishop of Ravenna, and said by some to have been a wonderworker. Most sources place him in the second half of the third century.
MEINULPH, a nobleman and godson of Charlemagne, he founded of the monastery of Böddeken in Westphalia. It is said that he chose the location for the monastery after seeing a stag with a cross in its antlers there. St. Meinulph reposed circa 857 at Böddeken.
PALMATIUS and COMPANIONS, (Third Century), a large group numbered amongst those martyred in Trier by order of the Prefect Rictiovarus during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284–305).
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”.