Saturday, March 11, 2017
ST PATRICK ADOPTED INTO THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CALENDAR
I read on Fr Z's excellent blog that the Russian Orthodox Church has added a number of Western, Latin-rite saints to its liturgical calendar. The original source is the Orthodox blog Ad Orientem. Patirck's feast is one among fifteen added to the Orthodox Calendar from the pre-schism (pre-1054) Latin West. They are widely venerated amongst Orthodox Christians in the West. I wonder how long it will be before they add Columbcille and Columbanus, Brigid, Declan, Ita, Fursey, Colman, Feargal, Gobnait, Dymphna, Gall, Donatus, Aidan, and the many, many saints of the Irish calendar to say nothing of the rest of the Western, thoroughly orthodox but utterly Western, Latin rite and Roman saints? Pray, pray that through the Immaculate Heart of Mary the division between East and West will be overcome and there be full communion between all Christians confessing one faith in one Lord in one Catholic Church.