Feast of St. Paulinus of Aquileia (January 11)   Leave a comment

Above:  Aquileia Basilica

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Roman Catholic Patriarch

St. Paulinus of Aquileia (born circa 726 or 730/740 and died in 802 or 804) became the Patriarch of Aquileia in 787, when Charlemagne appointed him to that post.  St. Paulinus was also a poet, hymnwriter, and theologian.

St. Paulinus condemned the Adoptionist heresy, which claimed that Jesus was the adopted son of God.  The Patriarch also defended the “filogue” clause of the Nicene Creed, wrote a commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews, and required the priests of his archdiocese to celebrate the Mass according to the rubrics and the missal.

After the Franks defeated the Avars, who lived along the Danube River, St. Paulinus presided over a the synod that established a plan for evangelizing the Avars.  There were to be no forced conversions.

He wrote hymns for major feasts of the Christian year, also.



Almighty God, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church, including your servant St. Paulinus of Aquileia.  May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith, so that we may serve and confess your name before the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35

Psalm 84

1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3;14-21

Matthew 24:42-47

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006)


Revised on November 14, 2016



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