Bienheuré

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Saint Bienheuré
Saint-Béat église St Béat (2).JPG
Bust of Saint Beatus, église Saint-Béat Saint-Privat, Saint-Béat, Haute-Garonne, France.
Died 3rd century
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Feast May 9

Saint Bienheuré (Bié,[1] Beatus) is a semi-legendary saint of Vendôme. Tradition states that he lived in a cave near the town. Like Saint George,[2] he is said to have fought a dragon.[3][4] His legend was conflated with that of Beatus of Lungern.[5]

Legend[edit]

The legend states that Bienheuré fasted and prayed before fighting the dragon. According to the legend, the dragon was so large that when it went to drink from a river at some distance away, its tail still lay in its cave. It was also so large that it drained the Loir when it drank from it.[6] There are three versions of this combat: the first states that the dragon fled at the sight of Saint Bienheuré; the second version states that Saint Bienheuré defeated the dragon with one blow from his staff; the third states that the dragon strangled itself with its chain.[6]

Historicity[edit]

Bienheuré is identified with a missionary who traveled and preached in, besides Vendôme, Garonne, Laon,[7] and Nantes. His place of death is considered to have been Chevresson, near Laon.[8]

Veneration[edit]

A chapel dating from the fifth century was built on the hillside where he is said to have lived.

L'Association du Faubourg Saint Bienheuré organizes an annual festival in honor of the saint on the second Sunday of May.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bié is a form of "Beatus." See http://perso.orange.fr/marc.catherine.meyer/html/patronymes/patronymes_page0001.htm#B_bas
  2. ^ Other dragon-slaying saints include Saint Julian of Le Mans, Saint Veran, Saint Beatus of Thun, Saint Crescentinus, Saint Margaret of Antioch, Saint Martha, and Saint Leonard of Noblac.
  3. ^ Les Dragons
  4. ^ Sauroctones
  5. ^ New Catholic Dictionary: Beatus, Saint
  6. ^ a b http://www.vallee-du-loir.com/otsi/section/default.asp?s=3&o=5&a=119
  7. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia: Soissons
  8. ^ 9. mai: Den hellige Beatus av Vendôme (200-t)
  9. ^ Communauté du Pays de Vendôme - Association du Faubourg Saint Bienheuré

Further reading[edit]

  • Jean-Jacques Loisel, Dans les pas de saint Bienheuré de Vendôme, Sté Sc et Lettres L & C (Blois), 1999, pp. 59–87.

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