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Saints of the British Isles

For more than a millennium, the British Isles were an Orthodox land. The holy Faith having first been brought to these islands by the Apostle of the Seventy, St Aristobulus, Orthodoxy found a home in the hearts of thousands who were united to Christ and sanctified by the ascetical life. Only from AD 1066 did this situation begin to change, as foreign conquest imposed alien traditions and beliefs upon an ancient Orthodox people.

The result of this long Orthodox history is that the British Isles are replete with countless Orthodox saints. Some of these are well known (St Patrick of Ireland, St Chad of Lichfield, St Aidan of Lindisfarne, etc.), while others are much less widely known.

The veneration of our 'local saints' is essential to the flowering of our spiritual life, as so many Holy Fathers have taught. For this reason, we intend — in due course — to expand this section of our Diocesan web site with information on the Orthodox Saints of the British Isles. Please 'watch this space'.

An Initial Listing

As a first-offering of materials on our local saints, we provide here simply a listing of over 200 known Orthodox Saints who shone forth in the British Isles. Those who are most familiar and whose veneratrion is fairly widespread are indicated in boldface font. For the moment this listing merely provides the Saints' names and locations; in due course we shall add dates, lives, etc.

 

St Acca, Bishop of Hexham

St Adomnan (Eunan), Abbot of Iona

St Adrian of Canterbury, Abbot and Scholar

St Aed MacBrice, Bishop in Meath

St Aidan (Maedoc) of Ferns, Bishop

St Aidan, Abbot and Bishop of Lindisfarne

St Alban, Protomartyr of Britain

St Aldate, hieromartyr

St Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne

St Alfred the Great, King of Wessex

St Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Hieromartyr

St Alphege, Bishop of Winchester

St Asaph, Bishop of Llanelwy

St Attracta of Killaraght

St Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury

St Austol, Monk

St Bede the Venerable

St Bega of Copeland (Cumbria)

St Benedict Biscop, First Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar

St Bertram (Bettelin) of Ilam, monk

St Beuno, Abbot of Clynnog Fawr

St Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester

St Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester (translation of relics to Winchester)

St Blane, Bishop of Bute

St Boniface (Winfrith), Archbishop of Mainz, Hieromartyr

St Bosa, Bishop of York

St Brannoc

St Branwalader (Breward) of Cornwall, the Channel Islands and Brittany

St Brendan of Birr

St Brendan the Navigator, Abbot of Clonfert

St Brice, Bishop of Tours

St Bridget, Abbess of Kildare

St Brynach, Hermit of Pembroke

St Cadoс, Abbot

St Cadwaladr, King of the Welsh

St Caedmon, Monk of Whitby

St Caedwalla, King of the West Saxons

St Canice (Cainnech, Kenneth), Abbot of Aghaboe

St Cedd of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons

St Ceolfrid, abbot of Wearmouth and Jarrow

St Chad, Bishop of Lichfield

St Ciaran of Clonmacnois

St Ciaran of Saighir (Ossory)

St Colman of Cloyne

St Colman, Bishop of Dromore

St Colman, Bishop of Lindisfarne

St Columba (Columcille), Founder of the Monastery of Iona

St Columbanus of Ireland, Missionary, first abbot of Luxeuil in France

St Comgall, Abbot of Bangor

St Conan, Bishop of Sodor and Man

St Conleth, first Bishop of Kildare

St Cronan, Abbot of Roscrea

St Cumine, Abbot of Iona

St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

St Cybi, Bishop

St Cynog, Abbot

St David of Wales

St Declan, Bishop of Ardmore

St Deiniol the Younger

St Deiniol, Bishop, of the Bangors

St Donnan of Eigg, Monk-Martyr

St Dubtach, Bishop of Armagh

St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury

St Dyfrig (Dubricius), Bishop in Wye Valley and Bardsey

St Dympna, Martyr of Antwerp and Gheel

St Eanswythe, Virgin, of Folkestone

St Eata, Bishop of Hexham and Abbot of Lindisfarne

St Edbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne

St Edith of Wilton

St Edmund, King and Martyr

St Edward the Confessor, King of England

St Edward the Martyr, King of England

St Edward the Martyr, King of England

St Edwin, King of Northumbria and Martyr

St Egbert of Lindisfarne

St Egwin, Bishop of Worcester and Founder of Evesham Abbey

St Elstan (Elfstan), Bishop of Ramsbury.

St Enda of Inishmore

St Eochod of Galloway

St Erconwald, Bishop of London

St Ethelbert of Kent

St Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking

St Ethelburga, Princess of Kent, Abbess of Lyminge

St Etheldreda (Audrey), Queen, Foundress of Ely Abbey

St Ethelred, King of Mercia and Monk

St Ethelwold, Bishop of Winchester

St Euddogwy, Bishop

St Everild (Avril), Virgin

St Fachanan, Abbot of Ross Carbery

St Failbhe, Abbot of Iona

St Felix of Burgundy, Bishop of the East Angles

St Felix of Burgundy, Bishop of the East Angles

St Fergal (Virgil), Bishop of Salzburg

St Finan, Abbot of Lindisfarne

St Finbar (Barry), Bishop of Cork

St Finian, Abbot of Moville

St Finian, Bishop of Clonard

St Fintan, Abbot of Clonenagh

St Foillan, brother of St Fursey of East Anglia

St Frideswide, Abbess and Patroness of Oxford

St Fursey, Abbot of Burgh Castle

St Gall, Hermit and Missionary at Bangor and Luxeuil

St Germanus, Bishop of the Isle of Man

St Gerontius (Geraint) of Gerrans (Cornwall) and Magor

St Gildas the Wise, Abbot (Llanilltud and Brittany)

St Gladys (Gwladys)

St Gregory, Bishop of Tours

St Guthlac, Hermit of Crowland

St Hedda, Bishop of Winchester

St Helier of Jersey and Coutances, Martyr

St Herbert, Hermit of Derwentwater

St Hieu, Abbess of Tadcaster

St Hilda, Abbess of Whitby

St Honorius, Archbishop of Canterbury

St Hybald of Lindsey

St Ia (Ives) of St Ives and Armorica, Martyr

St Illtud, Abbot of Llanilltyd Fawr

St Ita of Killeedy

St John of Beverley, Bishop of York

St Justus (Cornwall)

St Kenelm, Prince and Martyr

St Kennеra, Hermit at Kirk Kinner, Galloway

St Kentigern (Mungo), Bishop

St Kevin, Abbot of Glendalough

St Laserian (Innismurray and Arran)

St Lawrence of Canterbury, Bishop

St Machar, Bishop

St MacNis, Abbot of Kells

St Maelrhys of Bardsey

St Malo (Machutus), Bishop in Brittany

St Marcartan (Aedh MacCairthinn) Bishop of Clogher

St Mawes, Bishop in Cornwall and Brittany

St Mel, associate of St Patrick, Bishop of Ardagh

St Melangell, Abbess, Powys

St Mellitus, Abbot and First Bishop of London

St Mewan, Abbot (Wales, Cornwall, Brittany)

St Mildred, Abbess of Minster in Thanet

St Monenna, Abbess, Foundress of Killeevy

St Morwenna, Patroness of Morwenstow

St Muredach (Murtach), First Bishop of Killala and Founder of Innismurray

St Nathy, Founder-Abbot of Achonry (Sligo)

St Nectan, Hermit of Hartland

St Neot, Monk and Hermit in Cornwall

St Ninian, Bishop of Whithorn (Candida Casa)

St Non, mother of St David of Wales.

St Odo the Good, Archbishop of Canterbury

St Olaf (Olave), King of Norway and Martyr

St Osburga, Abbess of Coventry

St Oswald, Bishop of Worcester, Archbishop of York

St Oswald, King of Northumbria and Martyr

St Oswin, King of Deira and Martyr

St Osyth, Princess, of Crich

St Otteran (Odran) of Iona, Bishop of Meath 

St Padarn, Bishop

St Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Apostle to the Irish

St Paulinus (Paul Aurelian), Bishop

St Paulinus, Bishop of York

St Petroc, Abbot and Hermit of Padstow

St Ruadhan, Hermit and Abbot

St Samson, Bishop of Dol

St Seiriol, Abbot of Penmon and Ynys Seiriol (Puffin Island)

St Senan, Abbot of Scattery

St Senan, Abbot of Scattery

St Servan, Apostle of the Orkneys

St Sexburga (Sexbroga), Queen, Abbess of Ely

St Swithun, Bishop of Winchester (Translation of the relics)

St Tathan

St Teilo, Bishop (Llandeilo Fawr)

St Ternan, Abbot, Bishop of Culross

St Theneva of Glasgow

St Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

St Tudwal, Bishop in Wales and Brittany

St Tydfil, Virgin Martyr

St Tysilio, Abbot

St Ultan of Ardbraccan

St Urith of Chittlehampton

St Venantius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers

St Walburga, Abbess of Heidenheim

St Walstan of Bawburgh

St Werburga, Abbess of Hanbury

St Willibrord, Bishop of Utrecht

St Winifred of Holywell

St Winnibald, Abbot and Missionary

St Wite (Candida) of Whitchurch Canonicorum

St Withburga, Hermitess at Holkham and East Dereham

St Woolos (Gwynllyw), King

St Yrchard of Scotland

Sts Beocca and Hethor at Chertsey, Monk-Martyrs

Sts Julius and Aaron at Caerleon, Martyrs

July Archpastoral Visitation

The next Archpastoral visitation of His Grace Bishop Irenei will be from 4th - 23rd July. Below is an outline confirmed visitations on that stay. 

  • 6th-8th: Commemorative Festivities of the Holy Royal Martyrs on the Isle of Wight.
  • Thursday 12th: Feast of Sts Peter & Paul:Venue to be announced.
  • Saturday 14th: DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: To the miraculous well of St Margaret and St Frideswide in Binsey (near Oxford), with Divine Liturgy in the ancient church at 9.45 a.m. followed by moleben at the Holy Well. His Grace will chair a meeting of the Diocesan Council this day as well. At 5.00 p.m., Vigil at the Diocesan Cathedral.
  • Sunday 15th: 9.45 a.m.: Greeting and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (10.00) at Dicoesan Cathedral.
  • Monday 16th: 6.00 p.m.: Vigil of the Feast (Diocesan Cathedral, lower Church).
  • Tuesday 17th: Feast of the Holy Royal Martyrs (Altar Feast of Cathedral lower Church): 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast, followed by a luncheon in Cathedral Hall in honour of Feast and the 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Royal Family.
  • Wednesday 18th: Royal Martyrs Sts Elisabeth & Barbara: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Cathedral.
  • Saturday 21st: Kazan Icon of the Theotokos, the Altar Feast of the Cardiff Parish: 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Cardiff.  Reception to follow Liturgy.
  • Sunday 22nd:Altar Feast of St Elisabeth, Wallasey: 9.45 greeting of the Bishop, 10:00 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Wallasey, with Cross Procession and veneration of relics of St Elisabeth and St Barbara. A Garden Party will follow the Liturgy.

Spiritual talks will be scheduled during the visit. As ever, those wishing to meet formally with the Bishop are invited to contact the Diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest Paul Elliott, to have a meeting added to the calendar, or to approach Bishop Irenei directly during his visit to speak personally.

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