St. Remigius of Reims

St. Remigius was born in 437 A.D. Blessed with a keen intellect, elegant speech, and a zeal for the Gospel, St. Remigius was ordained as the Bishop of Reims, France at the young age of 22. He held that bishopric for more than seventy years, until his death in 533, and his zeal for the conversion the Frankish people soon earned him the title of Apostle of the Franks.

Among St. Remigius’s most difficult converts was Clovis, King of the Franks. Despite his marriage St. Clotilda and the eloquent arguments of St. Remigius, Clovis remained a steadfast pagan until his victory at the Battle of Tolbiac,which he attributed to Christ. Legend has it that when St. Remigius baptized Clovis, the chrism was delivered miraculously by a dove from heaven.

St. Remigius is one of the Patrons of France, and his symbols are a book, a dove, and a lamp. His feast day is October 1st.

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