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Friday, January 13, 2006
St. Hilary of Poitiers

Optional Memorial (1969 Calendar): January 13
SemiDouble (1955 Calendar): January 14

Today we remember and celebrate the life of St. Hilary of Poitiers (315 - 368), Doctor of the Church. Born at Poitiers near the end of the 3rd century A.D. to pagan parents, St. Hilary converted to the faith after intense reading of the Holy Bible. His wife and child also converted, and he eventually became the bishop of Poitiers (clerical celibacy was not yet mandatory). He lived the rest of his life for the Catholic faith and worked all of his life to defeat Arianism, a heresy denying the divinity of Jesus Christ. He has been called the "Hammer against Arianism" as well as the “Athanasius of the West”. St. Hilary baptized St. Martin of Tours.


O God, Who didst give blessed Hilary to Thy people as a minister of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher on earth, may deserve to have him for our advocate in heaven. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

Image: Church of Notre-Dame-La Grande in Poitiers


del_button March 16, 2009 at 3:56 AM
Anonymous said...

The church of Notre Dame La Grande in Poitiers, a beautiful romanesque church which serves as a model of architecture, is however not the Cathedral of Poitiers. There is cathedral of Saint Peter (Pierre) which is a a monument of Plantagenet / Poitevin Gothic style, thought to be built by Eleanor of Aquitaine and her ANglo-Norman husaband Henri Plantagenet, king of England. THe Cathedral is just across the street in modern Poitiers from the b4th century baptistery of Hilary, which still exists, and was fed by a Roman aqueduct. Just some interesting notes!

del_button March 16, 2009 at 4:50 AM
Matthew said...

Thank you for the information

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