St Remigius

(d. 533)

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(d. c.533),

‘Apostle of the Franks’. He is reputed to have been elected bishop of the metropolitan see of Reims at the age of 22, perhaps c.458. His Baptism of Clovis, with many of his subjects, marked the beginning of a close co-operation between the Church and the Frankish ruler. He directed missions to the Morini and the Arians of Burgundy and is associated with the foundation of various bishoprics. According to legend, the ampulla of chrism used in the coronation of French kings was brought by a dove in answer to his prayers at the Baptism of Clovis. Feast day, 1 Oct., now dropped.

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