Feast of St. Victricius of Rouen (August 7)   Leave a comment

Above:  Gaul in the Roman Empire

SAINT VICTRICIUS OF ROUEN (CIRCA 330-CIRCA 407)

Roman Conscientious Objector and Roman Catholic Bishop

St. Victricius was born near the Schedlt River in Roman Gaul (now the border region of France and Belgium).  His father was a soldier, and the saint also pursued a military career.  Then, one day, he converted to Christianity.  Taking up arms ceased to be a possibility for him.  Flogged and sentenced to death for turning into a conscientious objector, the saint escaped death somehow and obtained a discharge from the army.

The saint preached for a time before becoming Bishop of Rouen circa 386.  He encouraged monasticism, fostered missionary work in what is now Belgium, and founded parishes.  In 396 he traveled to England to settle a dispute (the subject of which I cannot find a record) among several bishops.  Late in his life the saint also faced an allegation of heresy (undefined in the sources I consulted), but Pope Innocent I (reigned 401-417) cleared him of the charge.  The Bishop of Rouen also wrote The Praise of Saints, which survives.

I have noticed that governments disapprove of violence not their own.  So to engage in violence of which the state disapproves is a crime but so is to refuse to commit violence which the same state sanctions, depending on where and when one lives.  Although I am not a thorough-going pacifist, I respect those who are.  May no government or person harass them.

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Dear Jesus, whom agents of the Roman Empire, which made a desert and called it peace, crucified,

we praise you and rejoice for the witness for nonviolence which was the life of your servant

Saint Victricius of Rouen.

Inspired by his example, may we live nonviolently,

seeking peace with each other.

In the Name of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Lamentations 3:25-36

Psalm 11

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

Matthew 5:38-42

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 28, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS PLUTARCH, MARCELLA, POTANOMINAENA, AND BASILIDES OF ALEXANDRIA, MARTYRS

THE FEAST OF SAINT IRANAEUS OF LYONS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF RANDOLPH ROYALL CLAIBORNE, JR., EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF ATLANTA

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