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St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Born at Imola, Italy in the year 406, St. Peter was baptised, educated and ordained a deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola.

St. Peter merited being called “Chrysologus” meaning “Golden Worded” because of his exceptional oratorical eloquence.

In the year 433, Pope Sixtus III consecrated him Archbishop of Ravenna. He practiced many corporal and spiritual works of mercy and guided his flock with utmost diligence and care. He extirpated the last vestiges of paganism and other abuses that had sprouted among his people, cautioning them especially against indecent dancing. Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil cannot rejoice with Christ.

He also counseled the heretic Eutyches who had asked for his support to avoid causing division but to learn from other heretics who were crushed when they hurled themselves against the Rock of Peter, meaning the authority of the Church.

St. Peter died at Imola, Italy in the year 450. In 1729, he was made a Doctor of the church, largely as a result of his simple, practical, and clear sermons which have come down to us nearly all dealing with Gospel subjects.

 

Happy feast day to all Peter. St. Peter Chrysologus, pray for us. Amen

 

Compiled by Elvira Kudiabor 

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