Remigio of Reims

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January 24, 2022

Remigius of Reims (Laon, c. 437 - Reims, January 13, 533) was a Frankish archbishop. He is revered as a saint by the Catholic Church. He was the king's adviser and referendum.

Biography

Probably born in Laon around the year 437, he was elected archbishop of Reims at the age of 22. He succeeded, together with Saint Gildard, in converting the Merovingian Clovis I, king of the Franks, to the Christian religion, with the help of the latter's wife, Clotilde. The king was baptized on 25 December 496 in the Cathedral of Reims. Remigius said to Clovis on Christmas Eve 496: "Bow your head, proud Sicambro: adore what you have burned and burn what you adored." Legend has it that the Holy Spirit or an angel, in the form of a dove, led to bishop the holy Ampolla containing the holy oil: the cathedral of Reims then became the place for the consecration of the successive kings of France. Remigio died in Reims on January 13 of the year 532 (according to other sources 533). He was buried in the small church of San Cristoforo which soon became a pilgrimage destination, to the point that in a short time (already in the sixth century) a larger church was built dedicated to him to worthily house the body of the saint and the holy Ampolla (who went destroyed during the French Revolution in 1793. The solemn translation of the body took place on October 1st, which remained for centuries the day of the liturgical memorial of St. Remigius. Until the seventies, October 1st was the starting date of all schools in Italy and the children of the first grade were called "remigini." Currently the liturgical memorial is January 13, the anniversary of death, while it remains on October 1 in the Tridentine Mass.

Churches dedicated to San Remigio

Italy

Parish Church of San Remigio, Fosdinovo (Massa and Carrara), where there are the relics of the Saint brought there in 1701 from Lucca, as well as a statue dating back to the second half of the fourteenth century, a bust placed on top of the entrance portal and other numerous references to the French Saint. Church of San Remigio, Carignano (Turin). Church of San Remigio, Florence. Cathedral of SS. Giovanni Battista and Remigio, Carignano (Turin). Church of San Remigio, Cavasso Nuovo (Pordenone). Church of San Remigio, Villadeati (Alessandria). Church of San Remigio, Goido (Pavia). Oratory of San Remigio, Verbania-Pallanza. Parish of San Remigio, Colleverde, Guidonia Montecelio (Rome). Parish of San Remigio, Vione (Brescia). Parish of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and San Remigio, Arignano (Turin). Parish of San Remigio Vimodrone, (Milan). Church of Saints Ilario and Remigio, Figliaro, Beregazzo con Figliaro, (Como). Church of San Remigio, Endine Gaiano (Bergamo). In the parish of Endine there is an authentic relic of the Holy Bishop of Reims, as well as a wooden statue, which depicts him baptizing King Clovis, dating back to 1867 and commissioned as an "Ex voto" by the population. San Remigio Church in Sedriano (Milan). Oratory of San Remigio, Busto Garolfo (Milan). The former Abbey of San Remigio di Parodi Ligure belongs to an ancient Benedictine settlement less than 4 km from Gavi. Parish Church of Santi Maria e Remigio, of Pecetto di Valenza (Alessandria).

France

Basilica of San Remigio in Reims.

Patron

San Remigio is the patron saint of: Arignano (Turin) Carignano (Turin) Cavasso Nuovo (Pordenone) Fosdinovo (Massa and Carrara) Colleverde (Guidonia Montecelio) Saint-Rhémy village of Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses (Aosta Valley) Sedriano (Milan) Villadeati (Alessandria) Pecetto of Valenza (Alessandria) Vimodrone (Milan) Vione (Brescia)

Notes

Bibliography

Gregory of Tours, Historia Francorum, Lib. II. 27, 31; VIII. 21; IX. 14; X. 19 Sidonio Apollinare, Epistulae, IX. 7 Venanzio Fortunato, Vita (ed. Bruno Krusch, in Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Auctores antiquissimi, IV, 2, 64 - 67, Berlin, 1885)

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