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Saturday, October 1, 2016
Feast of St. Remigius
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Simple (1955 Calendar): October 1

October 1st, in some places is the Feast of St. Gregory the Immuninator.  On the Universal Calendar, it is the Feast of St. Remigius.

St. Remigius became bishop of Rheims by popular acclaim in 459 AD, the period when the Franks from Germany were overrunning Roman Gaul. Bishop Remigius brought about the marriage of the pagan Clovis, the most powerful of the Frankish chieftains in Gaul, with Clotilda, a saintly Catholic princess. Clovis defeated invading Alammani hordes by invoking the God of his Christian wife, and then himself turned to Christ.

On Christmas Day in 496 AD Bishop Remigius baptized Clovis, and with him won to the Faith the future nation of France.  This very much paved the way for the Carolingian Dynasty and the Foundation of Catholicism as the core of Europe.

Collect:

O Almighty God, grant that our solemn celebration of the feast of Your confessor bishop Remigius may increase our devotion and bring us closer to our salvation. Through our Lord . . .

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