St Mamertus

(d. c. 475)

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(d. c.475),

Bp. of Vienne (the metropolitan see of Gaul) by 463. About 470 he introduced the ‘litanies’ on the days before Ascension Day as an act of intercession against earthquakes and other perils, a practice which led later to the institution of the Rogation Days. Feast day, 11 May.

Subjects: Christianity.

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