Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1393
Presbyter Salvianus of Marseille (Gaul) describes a deep relation between his former abbot, Presbyter Honoratus of Arles, and the monastery on the island of Lérins. Account of Hilary of Arles, "Sermon on the Life of St. Honoratus", Arles (Gaul), ca AD 431.
1. Didicerant omnes, ipso sibi compatiente, dolores illius suos computare 2. ut non immerito egregius et in Christo beatissimus uir Saluianus presbyter, carorum suorum unus, in scriptis suis dixerit quod, sicut caeli faciem pro sua sol aut obscuritate aut serenitate mutaret, ita congregatio illa caelum sitiens et caelestibus studiis mancipata ab ipso uel nubila uel serenitatem mentium quasi a peculiari in Christo sole susciperet, ipso quoque et adflicto adflictaretur et respirante reualesceret.
(ed. Valentin 1977: 124)
1. As he [Honoratus] had shared their sufferings, all had learned to count his distress as their own, 2. so that not without reason did that blessed man in Christ, the presbyter Salvianus, one of his beloved, say in his writings that, just as the sun changed the face of the sky according as it was abscured or shone bright, so that congregation, thirsting for heaven and devoted to heavenly pursuits, derived cloudiness or brightness of soul from him, as it were their own peculiar sun in Christ, and were afflicted when he was afflicted, and revived when he grew strong again.
(trans. Deferrari 1952: 378, slightly altered by J. Szafranowski)


Salvian of Marseille was a monk at Lérins before travelling to Marseille, where he was ordained presbyter [682].
Honoratus was ordained presbyter almost immediately after he founded his monastery on the island of Lérins [1389] by Bishop Leontius of Fréjus.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Lérins

About the source:

Author: Hilary of Arles
Title: Life of St. Honoratus of Arles, Vita Sancti Honorati Arelatensis, Sermon on the Life of St. Honoratus, Sermo sancti Hilarii de vita sancti Honorati, Sermo de vita sancti Hilarii Arelatensis episcopi
Origin: Arles (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The Sermon on the Life of St. Honoratus was presented by Hilary of Arles at the first (most probably) anniversary of Honoratus` death. Honoratus died in 430 just two years after having been made the bishop of Arles. His successor was Hilary himself, his fellow countryman and pupil, who accompanied Honoratus when he left the monastery on the island of Lérins (of which Honoratus was founder and first abbot) for his new episcopal position in Arles. After some time, Hilary returned to the monastery only to venture back to Arles, when he was chosen by the dying Honoratus as his worthy successor in the bishopric.
M.–D. Valentin ed., Hilaire d’Arles, Vie de Saint Honorat, Sources Chrétiennes 235, Paris 1977 (along with a French tranlsation).
St. Hilary, Sermon on the Life of St. Honoratus, transl. R. J. Deferrari [in:] Early Christian Biographies, ed. R. J. Deferrari, The Fathers of the Church v. 15, Washington, D. C. 1952.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Monastic or common life - Cenobitic monk
Monastic or common life - Monastic superior (abbot/prior)
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Relation with - Monk/Nun
Writing activity
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1393,