Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1395
Honoratus, presbyter and abbot in Lérins, is ordained bishop of Arles. However, even before the ordination he was considered of the highest rank because of his sanctity and deeds. Account of Hilary of Arles, "Sermon on the Life of St. Honoratus", Arles (Gaul), ca AD 431.
1. Sacerdotium quippe suum in ecclesia hac nomine auctum uidimus, sanctimonia uero et actibus iam prius summum.
(ed. Valentin 1977: 140-142)
1. In this church [in Arles, where Hilary is delivering his sermon], of course, we saw his priesthood augmented in name [i.e. Honoratus was ordained bishop], a priesthood which had long before reached the height of perfection through his holy life and deeds.
(trans. Deferrari 1952: 383, changed by J. Szafranowski)


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
  • Arles

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.


Travel and change of residence
Ecclesiastical transfer
Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Described by a title - Sacerdos/ἱερεύς
Fame of sanctity
Reverenced by
Equal prerogatives of presbyters and bishops
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1395,