Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 7th February

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7th February

AMOLVIN (AMULWINUS) , Abbot-Bishop of the Abbey of St. Peter of Lobbes from 737, when he succeeded St. Erminus (25th April), until his repose circa 750. St. Amolvin’s relics are enshrined at Binche in the present-day Belgian province of Hainaut.

ANATOLIUS, (Date Unknown), said to have been a mid-fifth century Bishop of Cahors in Gaul. However, there is no mention of him in the either the Gallia christiana nor in the Fastes Épiscopaux de l’ancienne Gaule, with the exception of a note where Duchesne posits that St. Anatolius was the invention of Jesuit priest and theologian Victor de Buck, who introduced St. Anatolius in the Acta Sanctorum Octobris Tomus IX.

AUGULUS (AUGURIUS, AULE), (Fourth Century), as with so many saints of his era, there is little in the way of reliable information of his life extant. The Martyrology of St. Jerome lists St. Augulus as a bishop, whilst other ancient authorities describe him as a martyr who laid down his life for Christ in London. This would have been during the Diocletianic Persecution in which St. Alban (20th June) suffered circa 303. It is possible St. Augulus was not a saint of the British Isles, as he has also been identified by some French authorities with St. Ouil or Aule of Normandy.

CHRYSOLIUS, (Date Unknown), an Armenian who travelled to Gaul and Flanders to evangelise the region. St. Chrysolius was, at some point after his arrival in Flanders, consecrated bishop. Though his travel from Armenia to Flanders was during the Diocletianic Persecution, St. Chrysolius managed to avoid any persecution by Roman authorities. However, he as martyred by pagans in Flanders. St. Chrysolius were enshrined at St Donatian’s Church in Bruges in present-day Belgium.

FIDELIS, a Greek who as part of a merchant venture, who settled in Mérida in the early to mid-sixth century. Once there, he became a disciple of Paul, Bishop of that city (according to some sources St. Fidelis was Paul’s nephew), whom he later succeeded. St. Fidelis reposed circa 570.

JULIANA of BOLOGNA, a matron in Bologna whose husband, with her consent, left her to become a priest. Having successfully raised her children, St. Juliana dedicated the rest of her life to service to the Church and poor. Her work was praised by St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December). St. Juliana reposed in 435.

LAURENCE of SIPONTO, also called St. Lorenzo Maiorano, was Bishop of Siponto in Puglia from 492 until his repose circa 546. Following a series of visions of the Archangel Michael on Mount Gargano, St. Laurence built a shrine to the Archangel on the mountain.

Icon of St. Richard

Icon of St. Richard

MELDON (MEDON), (Sixth Century), an Irish hermit in Gaul. Nothing is known about St. Meldon beyond his repose at Péronne, and the existence of several churches in the area which are dedicated to him.

RICHARD, he appears to have been an Anglo-Saxon chieftain or Under-King in Wessex, most likely part of Devonshire. Married to a relative of St. Boniface (5th June), the Apostle of Germany, King St. Richard was the father of three Saints: SS. Willibald (7th July), Winebald (18th December), and Walburga (25th February). St. Richard reposed at Lucca in Tuscany whilst on a pilgrimage to Rome (A.D. 722). Many miracles, the details of which are now lost to us, testified to his sanctity.

TRESSAN (TRÉSAIN), a missionary from Ireland who was ordained to the priesthood by St. Remigius (1st October). St. Tressan worked tirelessly to bring Christ to the people of the Champagne region. He reposed in 550, and he has been venerated continuously in the area around Rheims for over 1,000 years.

Details of British Saints excerpted from Orthodox Saints of the British Isles.
Details of continental saints from these sources.