St. Honorius

Saint Honorius of AmiensHonorius born into a nobile family he was educated by Saint Beatus of Amiens. A pious child, as an adult he became the reluctant bishop of Amiens, France. His reluctance was because he considered himself unworthy of the position and responsibility. Legend says that a ray of divine light and holy oil appeared upon his head at the time of his selection.

He was not the only one who had difficulty accepting he was selected as bishop. Another legend tells that when word of his appointment as bishop reached his family home, his old nursemaid, who was baking bread at the time, announced that Honorius was not more going to be a bishop than the baker’s peel she was leaning on would become a tree. The wooden peel promptly grew roots and branches becoming a blackberry tree that pilgrims still could see 900 years later.

St. Honorius served as bishop of Amiens until his death of natural causes in 653. He had a large following in France following reports of many miracles after his body was exhumed in 1060.

St. Honorius of Amiens is the patron of bakers and confectioners. His feast day is May 16th.

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