Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
AGRIPPINUS (ARPINUS), according to tradition, St. Agrippinus was the sixth Bishop of Naples. Though his cultus dates back over 1,500 years, little to nothing is known of him. His relics are enshrined under the high altar of the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary in Naples along with those of SS. Eutychius and Acutius (19th September), companions of St. Januarius (19th September).
BENIGNUS (BENEN) of ARMAGH , the son of Irish Chieftain Sesenen whose territory was in present-day Co. Meath. Baptised by St. Patrick (17th March) he soon became a favoured disciple. In time, St. Patrick consecrated St. Benignus to the episcopate and appointed him his coadjutor. Travelling with St. Patrick, St. Benignus worked to spread the Gospel, assisting St. Patrick with all aspects of his missionary labours. St. Benignus especially concerned himself with the music and formation of choirs, earning the sobriquet “St. Patrick’s Psalm Singer”. The Martyrology of Donegal discusses St. Benignus’ virtues, particularly his piety and gentleness, and refers to his many unspecified miracles.
Though he primarily evangelised in Counties Clare and Kerry, St. Benignus established a monastery on Drom Benen (Hill of Benan), present-day Drumbannon, Co. Cavan, as well as one at Cill Benen (Church of Benan), present-day Kilbonane, West Cork. He assumed the Bishopric of Armagh upon St. Patrick's resignation. Records indicate that St. Benignus resigned his See shortly before his repose, which has been variously dated as 466, 467, 468, and 469.
Troparion of St. Benignus — Tone I
O best loved disciple and successor of Ireland's Enlightener,/
thy God-blessed witness for our saving faith is sorely needed,/
most reverend Hierarch Benignus. Entreat Christ our God that He will raise up new disciples/
to bring thy native land out of this present ''Dark Age''/
and restore it to the True Light of Orthodoxy/
for the salvation of men's souls.
PABO, surnamed “Post-Prydain”, St. Pabo was the son of a Scottish chieftain. After a military career in Scotland, he went to Anglesey, Wales, where he founded a monastery at present-day Llanbabon (Welsh: Church of Pabo). St. Pabo reposed circa 510 and is most likely buried on the grounds of his monastery. There St. Pabo’s Church has a stone marked “Hic jacet Pabo Post Prud Corpors -te -Prima” (Here lies Pabo Post Prydain King of Britain).
Troparion of St. Pabo — Tone VIII
Revered "Pillar of Northern Britain" and Light of Monastics, O Father Pabo,/
leaving thy family and homeland, thou didst inspire us, O holy one,/
to respect the monastic virtues which attain to the salvation of souls.
URSINUS, (Third Century), the first Bishop of Bourges in central Gaul. Originally it was believed St. Ursinus had been a disciple of the Apostles, who sent him to Gaul, however, it has subsequently been determined that St. Ursinus flourished in the third century. Nothing further is known of his life.
VITONUS (VANNE, VAUNE), Bishop of Verdun from circa 500 until his repose in 525. St. Vitonus has been credited with bring all living within his diocese to Christ thereby eliminating paganism from the See of Verdun. Some sources have called him a wonderworker. No further information on St. Vitonus is extant
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”.