To round off the month of July I am offering links to all established/verified, Saints in the Celtic, Latin, and Russian churches. Historically connections with the Latin Rite and the Celtic church had been severed, yet I am providing the saints of the roman Catholic Church celebrated during these last three days.
The Orthodox Church celebrates most of the old Celtic saints because it considered this church to be closest in Truth to itself. There are no Greek Orthodox Saints for today, but the Russian Orthodox Church has 12 just for the 29th. Since I think 12 is enough to explore, I have omitted the other two days in July.
The Celtic and Old English Saints
In the Roman Church
July 29th Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus—Memorial
The lives of all Russian Orthodox Saints commemorated on July 29
- Martyr Callinicus of Gangra in Asia Minor
- Venerable Constantine and Cosmas, Abbots of Kosinsk
- Virgin Martyr Seraphima (Serapia) of Antioch
- Martyr Theodota and her three sons in Bithynia
- Martyr Eustathius of Mtskheta in Georgia
- Martyr Bessarion, Bishop of Smolyan – No information available at this time.
- Child Schemamonk Bogolep
- Saint Roman of Kirzhachsk
- Martyr Michael “the Black-Robed” of Saint Savva Monastery
- Nativity of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Bishop of Myra in Lycia
- Martyr Michael
- Emperor Theodosios the Younger
What I will do for today is to take one from each division for a more detailed review and leave you to follow the links through to the lives of these Saints, as provided on their various webs.
Firstly the Celtic and old English Saints.
29th St. Sulian of Cornwall
Today (29 July) we commemorate St Silin/Sulien, Sulian, Suliau, Tysilio, abbot of Luxulyan in Cornwall (6th C).
Confusion again – celt-saints says: ‘Saint Sulian may be identical with the Breton Saint Sulien of Cornouaille and Domonée. He was the founder and abbot, but not the patron, of Luxulyan in Cornwall. There is considerable, but understandable, confusion between Sulian and another saint Sulinus of East Brittany (feast: 1 October )and the Welsh Saint Tysilio (Suliau), feast 8 November. There appear to be three separate saints (Farmer).’
Baring-Gould and Fisher have this to say:
S. SULIEN, Confessor
Late writers have entirely confounded this Breton-Welsh Saint with S. Silin or Giles, but the two are kept quite distinct in earlier writings. The confusion has arisen through the similarity of names; but Silin cannot by any possibility be equated with Sulgen, in Old-Welsh Sulgen. Sulien only is known to the Saintly Pedigrees, both earlier and later, whilst the calendars are the principal authority for Silin, who is therein usually styled” Saint,” which in mediaeval Welsh was reserved for non-Welsh Saints. It is quite clear that Silin was formerly regarded as the Welsh equivalent for S. Giles, the well-known abbot,….[..] Source https://pyhiinvaeltaja.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/st-sulian-of-luxulyan-in-cornwall/
In the Roman Church
July 29: Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus—Memorial
Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters felt free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seemed to spell almost certain death.
Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world’” (John 11:25-27).
No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. […] Source: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saints-martha-mary-and-lazarus
A Russian Orthodox Saint for 29th July
Martyr Michael “the Black-Robed” of Saint Savva Monastery
Commemorated on May 23, July 29
The Holy Monk Martyr Michael the Black-Robed lived in the IX Century and came from the city of Edessa (Mesopotamia) of Christian parents. He was a zealous disciple of Saint Theodore of Edessa (Comm. 9 July). Having distributed to the poor the inheritance left him by his parents, he set off to Jerusalem to venerate the Holy Places. Jerusalem at the time was in the grips of the Mahometans. Saint Michael remained in Palestine and settled in the monastery of Saint Sava. One time he was sent from the monastery to Jerusalem to sell goods for the monks. At the marketplace, the eunuch of the Mahometan empress Seida, having noticed that the monastery goods were both fine and well-made, took him along to the empress. The young monk caught the fancy of the empress, who tried to entrap him in the snare of sin, but her intent proved to be in vain. Then by order of the enraged Seida they beat the monk with canes, and then accused him before the emperor of being an enemy of Mahometanism. Having interrogated the monk, the emperor began to urge him to accept the Mahometan faith, but Saint Michael answered: “I implore thee – either send me back to the monastery to my instructor, or be baptised in our Christian faith, or cut off my head, and I shall then expire to Christ my God”. The emperor gave orders to give the saint a cup with deadly poison, which Saint Michael drank and remained unharmed, so after this the emperor gave orders to cut off his head. The death of the martyr occurred in Jerusalem, but the monks of the monastery of Saint Sava transported the body of the saint to their Laura and buried it there with reverence. At the beginning of the XII Century the relics of the holy martyr were seen there by Daniel, the hegumen of the Kievo-Pechersk monastery, in his making of pilgrimage to the Holy Places.
With permission to use this article in full © 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.