Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 8th August
CYRIACUS, LARGUS, SMARAGDUS, and COMPANIONS, St. Cyriacus, a Deacon, along with SS. Largus, Smaragdus, and a group of more than twenty, are counted amongst the martyrs in Rome of the Diocletianic Persecution (303).
ELLIDIUS (ILLOG), (Seventh Century), St. Ellidius appears to be the patron saint of Hirnant, the village church being the Parish of St. Illog, Montgomeryshire, Wales. He is also the patron of a church in the Scilly Islands. The name “St. Helen’s Isle” is an English corruption of the Cornish Enys Elidius.
GEDEON, nothing is known of his life other than he served as the Bishop of Besançon in France from 790 until his repose 796.
LEOBALD (LEODEBOD), abbot of St-Aignan in Orléans, and later St. Leobald founded the Abbey which later was called Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire (Fleury Abbey) after his successor St. Mummolus (vide infra) translated the relics of SS. Benedict (11th July) and Scholastica (10th February). St. Leobald reposed 650.
MUMMOLUS (MOMMOLUS, MOMMOLENUS), the second Abbot of Fleury. St. Mummolus served as Abbot for 30 years, during which time he had the relics of SS. Benedict (11th July) and Scholastica (10th February) translated from Italy to Fleury. After which, the abbey became known as Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire. Towards the end of his life St. Mummolus made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. On his return he stopped at Abbey of Sante Croix de Bordeaux, Aquitaine (present-day France), to recover from his exhaustion, and reposed at the Abbey shortly after his arrival (circa 678).
RATHARD, a nobleman who after being ordained to the priesthood, built a church and monastery in Diessen, Bavaria St. Rathard reposed 815.
SEVERUS, a priest, some say from India, who came to Vienne in Gaul to enlighten the last of the pagans in that region. St. Severus reposed circa 445.
SIGRADA, the Mother of SS. Warinus of Poitiers (25th August) and Leodegarius (Leger) (2nd October), and Grandmother of St. Liutwin of Trier (29th September). Following the repose of her husband, St Sigrada entered the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Soissons in Neustria, where she also received monastic tonsure. She reposed circa 678, shortly after her sons were martyred.
TERNATIUS (TERNISCUS), the eleventh, documentable, Bishop of Besançon in present-day eastern France near the Swiss border. St. Ternatius is said to have been an active supporter of monasticism, and charitable works. He reposed 680.
ULTAN, (Eighth Century), St. Ultan was an Irish priest at the monastery of St. Peter in Crayke, North Yorkshire, England. He was a highly regarded master of the art of illuminating manuscripts.
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”.