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Feast of Saint Hilary of Poitiers

(300–368 A.D.)

St. Hilary of Poitiers was born in France to noble pagan parents. He was well instructed in philosophy and converted to Christianity after studying the Old and New Testaments. He was baptized into the Church along with his wife and daughter. He was widely respected by the people of Poitiers, so much so that they elected him their bishop. Hilary worked hard to defend the Catholic Church against the entrenched heresy of Arianism which resulted in his four-year exile to Phrygia, and his popular title, “Hammer of the Arians.” Although he was a gentle and courteous man, he was labeled a ‘disturber of the peace’ for defending Jesus’ sacred humanity and divinity against the Arian heretics, the only orthodox bishop in his region doing so. He was renowned for his great learning and sanctity, and for defending the Church valiantly in word and by pen. While in exile he wrote numerous and important theological works resulting in his title as a Doctor of the Church. St. Hilary’s feast day is January 13.
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Servants of the truth ought to speak the truth.”

Saint Hilary of Poitiers
Hilary Reviving the Dead Infant, possibly by “Frater Rufillus,” according to the Wikimedia page, 12th cent. according to e-codices

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope

Saint Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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