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Saint Clotilde

Queen & Widow

Clotilde was born around the year of Our Lord 474, the daughter of the King of Burgundy and a devout Catholic, despite heavy Arian influence at court. Not long after her father’s death, Clotilde was given in marriage to the pagan Clovis, future King of the Franks. Clovis is considered the founder of the Merovingian dynasty and the first king of what would eventually become France, uniting the Frankish tribes under a single rule. Clotilde immediately began to evangelize her husband, and succeeded in having their children baptized. Finally, in the heat of battle against the Alemanni, Clovis vowed to convert if he were granted victory. He triumphed, and held true to his vow. Bishop St. Remigius baptized Clovis at Rheims, where later French kings would traditionally be crowned and anointed with the chrism miraculously brought by a dove for the baptism of Clovis. Mass baptisms of the Franks followed. Clotilde suffered greatly after her husband’s eventual death, as family intrigues devolved into warfare and murder. She retired to live in a monastery at Tours, near the tomb of St. Martin, and died there in the mid-sixth century after several decades of prayer and good works, having played her essential part in the conversion of the eldest daughter of the Church.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for June 3rd

AT Arezzo, in Tuscany, during the persecution of Decius, under the governor Tiburtius, the holy martyrs Pergentinus and Laurentinus, brothers, who, while yet children, were put to the sword, after they had endured cruel torments and performed many miracles.

At Constantinople, the holy martyrs Lucillian and four boys, Claudius, Hypatius, Paul, and Denis. Lucillian, formerly a pagan priest, but now a Christian, was cast into a furnace with them, after undergoing many torments; but the flames being extinguished by the rain, all escaped uninjured. Finally, under the governor Silvanus, they terminated their career; Lucillian, by crucifixion, the children, by decapitation.

In the same city, St. Paula, virgin and martyr, who was arrested whilst gathering the blood of the martyrs just mentioned, beaten with rods, and thrown into the fire, from which she was delivered. Finally, when St. Lucillian had been crucified, she was decapitated.

At Cordova, in Spain, blessed Isaac, a monk, who died by the sword for the faith of Christ.

At Carthage, St. Caecilius, the priest who converted St. Cyprian to the faith of Christ.

In the diocese of Orleans, St. Lifard, priest and confessor.

At Lucca, in Tuscany, St. Davinus, confessor.

At Paris, St. Clotilde, queen, by whose prayers her husband, king Clovis, was converted to the faith of Christ.

At Anagni, St. Oliva, virgin.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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