Feast of Sts. Delphinus of Bordeaux, Amandus of Bordeaux, Severinus of Bordeaux, Venerius of Milan, and Chromatius of Aquileia (June 18)   Leave a comment

Above:  A Map of Gaul in the Roman Empire

SAINT DELPHINUS OF BORDEAUX (DIED 403)

Roman Catholic Bishop

His feast transferred from December 24

ordained and preceded

SAINT AMANDUS OF BORDEAUX (DIED 431)

Roman Catholic Bishop

His feast = June 18

preceded and succeeded

SAINT SEVERINUS OF BORDEAUX (DIED CIRCA 420)

Roman Catholic Bishop

His feast transferred from October 23

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SAINT VENERIUS OF MILAN (DIED 409)

Roman Catholic Bishop

His feast transferred from May 4

friend of

SAINT CHROMATIUS OF AQUILEIA (DIED 407)

Roman Catholic Bishop

His feast transferred from December 2

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When I wrote the name of St. Amandus of Bordeaux (died circa 431) out of a book and into list of people to consider adding to my Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, I did not know my research would lead to four other people.  Indeed, the central figure in this post is not St. Amandus; it is St. Delphinus of Bordeaux (died 403).  Shall we begin?

St. Delphinus of Bordeaux (died 403) was the Bishop of Bordeaux.  He baptized St. Paulinus of Nola  (290-431) (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/feast-of-st-paulinus-of-nola-june-22/), a Bishop of Nola who helped the poor, and corresponded with St. Ambrose of Milan (died 397) (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/feast-of-st-ambrose-of-milan-december-7/), mentor of St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/feast-of-st-augustine-of-hippo-august-28/).  To put matters in chronological perspective, the Western Roman Empire still existed during the lifetime of St. Delphinus of Bordeaux.  Christian theology was still forming and the table of contents of the New Testament was more or less settled, although the final seal approval was yet to come.  And, in terms of thinkers, St. Delphinus lived during a time of formative theological giants.  History also tells us that he attended the Synod of Saragossa (380), which condemned Priscillianism, a heresy which argued for the renunciation of marriage and the acceptance of asceticism as prerequisites for following Christ.

St. Delphinus also ordained St. Amandus of Bordeaux (died circa 431), his successor as bishop, to the priesthood.  St. Delphinus did baptize St. Paulinus of Nola, but St. Amandus instructed the future Bishop of Nola in the Christian faith.  And St. Amandus carried on a lifelong correspondence with St. Paulinus.  Sometime in the range of 400-403 St. Amandus succeeded his mentor as Bishop of Bordeaux.  Yet he resigned circa 405 to make room for the next bishop, St. Severinus of Bordeaux (died circa 420), previously Bishop of Trier.  St. Severinus was an ardent opponent of Arianism and a respected bishop.  St. Amandus succeeded him circa 420 and filled the post for the next eleven years.  St. Amandus had a reputation as a holy man and a capable bishop.

St. Delphinus was a friend of St. Venerius of Milan (died 409), Bishop of Milan whom St. Ambrose had ordained to the diaconate.  St. Venerius supported St. John Chrysostom (died 407), the exiled Bishop of Constantinople.  Another friend of St. Venerius and supporter of Chrysostom was St. Chromatius of Aquileia (died 407), Bishop of Aquileia from 388 to 407.  He financed the Bible translation project of St. Jerome (died 420) (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/feast-of-st-jerome-september-30/) and corresponded with Sts. Jerome and Ambrose.

Reading and writing about such people is a heady experience for me, an unapologetic practitioner of the Great Man and Woman School of History.  Although our times do shape us, some of us shape our times.  Yes, there are heroes; I add five more the calendar today.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 17, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PASCHAL BAYLON, FRANCISCAN

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM CROSWELL DOANE, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF ALBANY

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM HOBART HARE, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF SOUTH DAKOTA

THE FEAST OF WIREMU TE TAURI, ANGLICAN MISSIONARY

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Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses:

Grant that we, encouraged by the examples of your servants

Saint Delphinus of Bordeaux,

Saint Amandus of Bordeaux,

Saint Severinus of Bordeaux,

Saint Venerius of Bordeaux, and

Saint Chromatius of Aquileia,

may persevere in running the race that is set before us,

until at least we may with them attain to your eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Micah 6:6-8

Psalm 15

Hebrews 12:1-2

Matthew 25:31-40

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 724

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