Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 123
Priests in Esvres (Gaul) celebrate vigils and Masses in the church of Saint Medard of Soissons, not long after 577. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Life of the Fathers", Tours (Gaul), ca 590.
Cumque iter coeptum carperet, venit ad vicum urbis Toronicae cui nomen est Evena, in quo beati Medardi Sessionici confessoris reliquiae contenentur, cuius et vigiliae ea nocte celebrabantur; in quibus illa adtente excubans in orationem, hora debita com reliquo populo ad missarum accessit solemnia. Quae dum a sacerdotibus Dei celebrantur...
Saint Monegundis then miraculously heals a small girl.
(ed. Krusch 1885: 288)
While on her way she [Saint Monegundis] came to a village of the Touraine called Esvres, where relics of the blessed confessor Medard of Soissons were preserved; that very night vigils were being celebrated. The saint passed the night in attentive prayer, and then returned at the given time with the people to celebrate Mass. While the priests were in the midst of the service...
Saint Monegundis then miraculously heals a small girl.
(trans. James 1991: 120-121)


This event must have taken place after the death of Saint Medard of Soissons ca 577.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Esvres

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: Life of the Fathers, Vita Patrum, Liber Vitae Patrum
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (bishop of Tours in Gaul in 573-594) started writing his Life of the Fathers some time before 587 and finished it around 592 or slightly later, as shown by the cross-references to his other works.  It is a collection of twenty Gallic saints` lives of different lengths. They all are in some way connected to Gregory`s family or church interests, while also exemplifying different virtues leading to sanctity. Saints presented in the Life of the Fathers are all either ascetics or bishops.
More on the text: James 1991: ix-xxv.
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Miracula et Opera Minora, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1.2, Hannover 1885, 211-294.
Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, trans. E. James, Liverpool 1991.


Described by a title - Sacerdos/ἱερεύς
    Ritual activity - Eucharist
      Devotion - Veneration of saints and relics
        Devotion - Vigils
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