Saint Ame

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This article is not about St. Aimé, who is also called Saint Amatus and has the same memorial day

Saint Amatus, (7th century) also called Amatus of Grenoble or Saint Ame or Aimee, was a Colombanian monk and hermit. Together with St. Romaric, he founded Remiremont Abbey.

Biography[edit]

Amatus was born to a noble family at Grenoble. In his youth he entered the Abbey of St. Maurice, Agaunum, and at the age of thirty retired into a hermitage, where his reputation for a life of penance and prayer, privileged with the grace of miracle working, drew the attention of Eustace of Luxeuil, who persuaded Amatus to join his community.[1]

He went to Luxeuil in 614 and there converted a former Count Palatine from the court of King Theodebert II, the Frankish noble St. Romaric. St. Romaric founded with Amatus a dual monastery for men and women at Remiremont Abbey. This was on land that had been in Romaric's possession since his days as a count palatine. St. Amatus was its first abbot. Amatus ruled this Abbey for many years, and established there the difficult pious practice of the “Laus perennis” or Perpetual Praise, which consisted in the maintaining in the Church an uninterrupted service of Psalmody and Prayer, day and night. Saint Amatus died in the year 627,[2] and at his own request was buried just outside the church door. Later, his remains were suitably enshrined under one of the altars of the same church.[1]

Veneration[edit]

Saint Amatus was canonized on 3 December 1049 by Pope Leo IX and his memorial day is 13 September. He is particularly honored in Grenoble.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Saint Aimé, the abbot of the Agaune monastery in Switzerland and bishop of the Sens (or Sion) diocese.
  • Saint-Amé, a commune in the Vosges department in Lorraine in northeastern France.

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