Saturday, 13 January 2018

Hilary of Poitiers

Hilaryofpoitiers.jpgHilary (Hilarius) of Poitiers (c. 300 – c. 368) was Bishop of Poitiers and is a Doctor of the Church. He was sometimes referred to as the "Hammer of the Arians" (Latin: Malleus Arianorum) and the "Athanasius of the West." His name comes from the Latin word for happy or cheerful.

While bishop of Poitiers, he refused to sign a condemnation of Athanasius. The Arian emperor Constantius (one of the sons of Constantine) banished him to Phrygia in 357. His exile lasted three years, during which time he wrote several essays, including On the Trinity. Finally the Emperor was forced to send him back to Gaul because he was causing such difficulties for the Arians in the East. In 364, he journeyed to Milan, where he engaged in public debate with the Arian bishop Auxentius, and persuaded him of the error of his ways.

Collect
   
Everlasting God,
whose servant Hilary
steadfastly confessed your Son Jesus Christ
      to be both human and divine:
grant us his gentle courtesy
to bring to all the message of redemption
      in the incarnate Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Further Reading / Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_of_Poitiers
http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/29.html

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