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« on: April 11, 2010, 10:55:54 PM »

Hello, All.

are there any Polish, German, Slovak, or Scandinavian saints?
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 10:57:42 PM »

http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/zeurope.htm

Scroll down about mid-way.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2010, 07:18:54 AM »

From Orthodox sources:
- Polish Orthodox saint: http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/Calendar/Nov26-Nov28.pdf (Nov. 12/25: St Christian)
- German Orthodox saints: http://www.orthodoxia.de/Verzeichnis.htm
- Slovak Orthodox saint: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Rastislav_of_Moravia
- Scandinavian Orthodox saints: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Category:Scandinavian_Saints
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2010, 09:37:07 AM »


I would also add at least Sts. Siegfried and Rimbert. Someday I'd like to made a complete list of Scandinavian saints since I believe there's even more. I recall reading that Vladimir Moss even suggested veneration of some slightly post-schismatic saints since he believed that the Church in Scandinavia retained Orthodoxy for some time after the Schism.

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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010, 11:26:45 AM »

I've gathered information about a few Polish Saints here.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2010, 11:41:36 AM »

There is Saint Gorazd of Prague, a Czech from Moravia. http://orthodoxwiki.org/Gorazd_(Pavlik)_of_Prague  A native of Slovakia, albeit Carpatho-Russian in ethnicity and an immigrant to America, was St. Alexis (Toth) of Wlikes-Barre.  http://orthodoxwiki.org/Alexis_of_Wilkes-Barre
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2010, 01:34:58 PM »

I've gathered information about a few Polish Saints here.

All these saints lived/worked in Poland but none of them was an ethnic Pole. The only saint (1) whose ethnicity was Polish*, (2) who lived and died in communion with the Orthodox Church, (3) who was officially glorified by the Orthodox Church, and (4) who is listed as a saint by a contemporary Orthodox source approved by an Orthodox bishop, seems to be St Christian. Sts Matthew and Isaac, his companions in martyrdom, probably also meet these requirements (probably, because sources describe them as being "of Slavic country and tongue" but do not specify which country**).

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* including the earliest stages of the formation of what we know today as Polish ethnicity
** tongue did not need specification as in the 11th century, it was more or less the same among all the Slavs
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010, 01:42:53 PM »

There is St. Vasily Martysh, priest, martyr, colonel in the Polish Army who served in Alaska and America for awhile and returned to Poland to work for the autocephaly of the Polish Orthodox Church, and was later martyred in WWII.
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2010, 02:10:47 PM »

Is it just me or why there seems to be information about British and Irish saints everywhere while nobody cares about, say, Austrian or Spanish saints? Or is it just the linguistic barrier?
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2010, 02:16:18 PM »

Is it just me or why there seems to be information about British and Irish saints everywhere while nobody cares about, say, Austrian or Spanish saints? Or is it just the linguistic barrier?

I think that saints from the British Isles are more talked about, but personally I also read hagiographies from Austria and Spain. Last week, I posted the Life of St. Rupert of Salzburg to my Facebook. He is known as the Apostle to Austria and Bavaria.
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