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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

August 2: Western Orthodox Saints

At some time before the 4th century he became the first Bishop of Apt in France.

+ c 623. Bishop of Chartres in France from 595. He was present at the Council of Sens.

+7th cent. Bishop of Chartres in France.

Etheldritha (Alfreda)
+ c 835. Daughter of King Offa of Mercia. She lived as an anchoress at Crowland in Lincolnshire in England after the murder of her betrothed, St Ethelbert.

Eusebius of Vercelli
c 283-371. Born in Sardinia, in 340, he became Bishop of Vercelli in Piedmont in Italy. He fought Arianism and was exiled to the East. Before returning to Italy he visited St Athanasius in Alexandria. He reposed in peace in Vercelli in 371, although he has been called a martyr on account of his sufferings.

Maximus of Padua
2nd cent. Successor of St Prosdocimus as Bishop of Padua in Italy.

+ 923. The tutor of King Alfred and twentieth Archbishop of Canterbury. Born in Cheshire (his hermitage at Plemstall, Plegmundstow, was named after him). He restored the Church in England after the Danish attacks and was a notable scholar.

+ 250. Born in North Africa. During the persecution of Decius he fled from place to place, but he was finally arrested, bravely confessed Christ and was martyred.

Sidwell (Sativola)
A Briton from the West of England near Exeter. She was beheaded as a martyr, probably by a scythe.

Stephen I
+ 257. He became Bishop of Rome in 254. Tradition says that he was beheaded during the celebration of the Eucharist in the catacombs, but the earliest liturgical documents present him as a bishop and confessor.


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