Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Remembering the Saints

I was intrigued with the arrival of the new Church Calendars in that they have included many of the Saints of the Church. Today is the Feast Day of Saint Hilary of Portier. For those of us worshipping at St. Martin's here in Gander, it was Saint Hilary who taught our Patron Saint Martin the basics of the Faith.

Saint Hilary of Portier

Hilary of Poitiers, Saint (hĭl'ərē, poitērz', poi'tyā), c.315-367?, bishop of Poitiers from c.350, Doctor of the Church. A convert from paganism, he distinguished himself as a supporter of Athanasius against Arianism. For his zeal he was exiled (c.356). After his return (360) he aided Pope Liberius in the attempted purge of Arianism in the West. He wrote many theological works, mostly against the Arians, including the historically invaluable De synodis and the De trinitate (tr. by Stephen McKenna, 1954). He composed allegorical interpretations of the Bible and sacred poetry. His hymns were important in the early development of that form. Feast: Jan. 14; in England, Jan. 13 (Hilarymas).


And a prayer:

O Lord our God, who didst raise up thy servant Hilary to be a champion of the catholic faith: Keep us steadfast in that true faith which we professed at our baptism, that we may rejoice in having thee for our Father, and may abide in thy Son, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; thou who livest and reignest for ever and ever. AMEN

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