Saint Vigor

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Saint Vigor
Fresque 3 St Vigor Neau.JPG
Fresco at the Church of St Vigor de Neau
BornArtois
Diedcirca 537 AD
Venerated inEastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
FeastNovember 1

Saint Vigor (French: Saint Vigor, Vigeur; Latin: Vigor, Vigorus) (died circa 537 AD) was a French bishop and Christian missionary. An early vita was composed about 750-775, probably in Bayeux, where he had been bishop and was venerated from an early date.[1] Born in Artois, he studied at Arras under Saint Vedast. His noble father, preoccupied with worldly prestige, would not grant approval for him to become a priest, so he ran away from home, taking nothing with him, accompanied by an accolyte, Theodimir. Thereafter, he became a hermit preacher at Reviers, Calvados,[2] and worked as a missionary. Saint Vigor was named bishop of Bayeux in 514.[3]

He fervently opposed paganism and founded a monastery, later known as Saint-Vigor-le-Grand. In Bayeux, Normandy, he destroyed a pagan temple that was still in use and built a church on the grounds.[citation needed]

Veneration[edit]

In Normandy, Vigor was venerated and churches are dedicated to him. Normandy was the site for the establishment of his cult after the successful Norman conquest of England. Two English churches have been dedicated to Vigor; one in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, the other in Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset.[4] His feast falls on All Saints' Day (November 1), and as a result is often moved to another date.[5] Saint Vigor is mentioned in the life (vita) of Saint Paternus.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Vita Sancti Vigoris
  2. ^ ad vicum quemdam qui vocatur Redeveris (Vita).
  3. ^ Edit, Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams | powered by Church. "Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams - History of Fulbourn churches".
  4. ^ "Detailed Record".
  5. ^ a b "saintpatrickdc.org".

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