Shortly before the passage cited in this record, Venantius' oratory is described as the "oratory of the priest" (sacerdotis oratorium).
Rising from his bed one night to go to say the office, he saw two great rams standing in front of his door, as if they had expected his coming, and as soon as they saw him they threw themselves at him with fury. But he opposed them with the sign of the cross, and saw them disappear, and he entered his oratory without fear.
(trans. James 1991: 103)