Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*

9th September


  Orthodox Saints of the British Isles







  • BETTELIN (BERTRAM), (fifth century), a disciple of St. Guthlac of Crowland (11th April) who lived in a hermitage near Croyland.   It is reasonable to believe that his relics were translated to Stafford before the destruction of Croyland by the Danes, thus accounting for the veneration of St. Bettelin in that area.

  • HYACINTH, ALEXANDER AND TIBURTIUS, (date unknown), martyrs in the Sabine Hills in present-day Italy.

  • KIERAN (KYRAN), called 'The Younger'. He was born in Connacht, and was trained in the monastic life by St. Finian of Clonard (12th December).   He founded Clonmacnois in West Meath circa A.D. 545, reposing within a few years after, of the yellow plague.

  • OMER (AUDOMARUS), born near Constance in Switzerland, he received monastic tonsure at Luxeuil and at least twenty years later was consecrated Bishop of Thérouanne in the county of Artois.   St. Omer encouraged the foundation of monasteries througout his see, himself helping to found the monastery of Sithin, around which grew up the town now known as Saint Omer.   He reposed circa A.D. 670.

  • OSMANNA (ARGARIARGA), A holy-virgin from Ireland who went to Brittany, where she became an anchoress in a hermitage near Brieuc, reposing circa A.D. 650.

  • WULFHILD, most likely of noble birth, King Edgar sought to marry her, while she was a novice at Wilton, but her desire for the monastic life won out, and she received permission to be tonsured as a monastic.   She went on to serve as the Abbess of monasteries at both Barking and Horton, reposing circa A.D. 1000.





By: Dr. John Hutchison-Hall —  Google+

* - 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."

A note on dates: The dates are according to the Church calendar.  If the reader uses the Revised Julian or “New” Calendar then the dates will coincide with the civil date.  For those readers who follow the traditional Julian or “Old” Calendar, the dates are thirteen days behind the civil calendar i.e. the listing for 1st January corresponds to 14th January civil date.