St. Remigius- 1 October 2018

St. Remigius Birth: 437 , Death: 533

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Chlodwigs taufe Master of Saint Giles – National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., online collection File:Chlodwigs taufe.jpg Created: circa 1500 date QS:P571,+1500-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902
Saint Remigius, Remy or Remi, was Bishop of Reims and Apostle of the Franks. On 25 December 496 he baptised Clovis I, King of the Franks. This baptism, leading to the conversion of the entire Frankish people to Christianity, was a momentous success for the Church and a seminal event in European history. Wikipedia
Died13 January 533 AD, Reims, France
Full nameRemigius
FeastJanuary 13; October 1 (translation of relics)

ST. REMIGIUS, the great apostle of the Franks, was illustrious for his learning, sanctity and miracles, which in his episcopacy of seventy and more years rendered his name famous in the Church. His father and his mother were both descended from Gaulish families, and lived at Laon. The boy made great progress in learning, and in the opinion of St. Sidonius Apollinaris, he became the most eloquent person in that age. When only twenty-two, too young to be a priest, much less a bishop, he was chosen in 459 to fill the vacant see of Rheims. But he was ordained and consecrated in spite of his youth, and amply made up for lack of experience by his fervor and energy. Sidonius had a manuscript of his sermons from a man at Clermont, and wrote to tell Remigius how much he admired them: the delicacy and beauty of thought and expression were so smooth that it might be compared to ice or crystal upon which a nail runs without meeting the least unevenness. With this equipment of eloquence (of which unfortunately there is no specimen extant for us to judge its quality for ourselves) allied to the yet more valuable quality of personal holiness, St. Remigius set out to spread Christianity among the Franks. [     ]

Source: St. Remigius – Catholic Tradition


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