Feast of St. Avitus of Vienne (February 5)   Leave a comment

Above:  Gaul in 511 C.E.

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Roman Catholic Bishop of Vienne

St. Avitus of Vienne, born at Auvergne, was son of Isychius, Bishop of Vienne.  He succeeded  his father in the episcopate in 490.  The saint earned his reputation for learning, wisdom, and charity, and for the ransoming of many captives from the Burgundians.  He converted King Sigismund (reigned 516-524), who had murdered his son, Sigeric in 522, due to a false accusation from Sigeric’s stepmother, to rebuild the monastery at Aganaum as a penance.  Sigismund, had been an Arian, but the saint brought him over to Roman Catholicism in 516.

My consultations with old encyclopedias (yes, multi-volume, hardcover sets) reveal that Sigismund (listed on the Roman Catholic calendar of saints as a marytr, with a feast day of May 1), died by the hand of the Clodomer, Frankish King of Orleans (reigned 511-524), son of  King Clovis I (reigned 481-511), founder of the Merovingian Dynasty.  Burgundy passed into the rule of Gundomar, who reigned for a decade before the Franks absorbed the kingdom.

St. Avitus also argued against Semi-Pelagianism and wrote on various topics, including chastity and original sin.  Some of his works survive.





Almighty God,

you raised up faithful bishops of your church,

including your servant Saint Avitus of Vienne.

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

John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60


Revised on November 27, 2016


Posted December 2, 2011 by neatnik2009 in February 5, Saints of 450-499, Saints of 500-549

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