Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1394
Presbyter Honoratus of Arles is visited by many people in his monastery on the island of Lérins. He receives offerings which he uses for ransoming the captives. Account of Hilary of Arles, "Sermon on the Life of St. Honoratus", Arles (Gaul), ca AD 431.
Many people visit Honoratus in Lérins and leave him offerings.
3. Aderat praeterea munificenti animo par substantia, pari fide ministrata. Nam qui libenter audierat: Vende omnia tua et da pauperibus et ueni, sequere me [Matt. 19:21], huic libentissime unusquisque, si quid misericordiae animo deuouerat, dispensandum ingerebat, securus illi sua cuncta committens, cuius in relinquendis omnibus secutus fuearat exemplum. 4. Hinc ad eum frequens ille ex diversarum regionum captiuitate concursus.
(ed. Valentin 1977: 124)
Many people visit Honoratus in Lérins and leave him offerings.
3. Moreover, he had riches equal to the munificence of his heart, administered with equal fidelity. For, as he had so joyfully listened to the words: "Sell all thy goods and give to the poor and come follow Me" [Matt. 19:21], all who had any vow in the spirit of mercy joyfully placed what was promised into his hands to be distributed, feeling secure in committing their all to him whose example they had followed in leaving all things. 4. Hence, the captives that rushed to him from many far distant regions.
(trans. Deferrari 1952: 379, changed and summarized by J. Szafranowski)


In chapter 22, Honoratus is shown corresponding with many of his followers, e.g. Eucherius of Lyon.

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.


Writing activity - Correspondence
Economic status and activity - Gift
Pastoral activity - Ransoming and visiting prisoners and captives
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