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Presbyter Paulinus, later bishop of Nola, writes to the presbyter Amandus of Bordeaux (Gaul). Paulinus values Amandus` vigils and prayers very high, since Amandus remained celibate. Account of Paulinus of Nola, Letter 12, AD 397/398.
Letter 12 to Presbyter Amandus of Bordeaux
10. Apud quem credimus quia et orationum tuarum pro nobis agantur excubiae. Scimus enim quia a pueritia ipsi militans et sacris litteris enutritus nulla conuersationis terrenae et carneae labe pollutus inuenisti gratiam in conspectu altissimi.
(ed. de Hartel 1894: 82)
Letter 12 to Presbyter Amandus of Bordeaux
10. I believe that you keep vigil and pray before Him on my behalf; for I know that you have fought for Him since boyhood, that nurtured by Holy Scripture you have not been corrupted by any stigma of intercourse with the world of the flesh, and so you have found grace in the sight of the Highest.
(trans. Walsh 1966: 1.114)


Paulinus was Amandus' catechumen [2062].
The dating of this letter is based on the analysis of other letters sent by Paulinus to Amandus and Delphinus of Bordeaux (Walsh 1966: 1.234-235).

Place of event:

  • Italy south of Rome and Sicily
  • Gaul
  • Nola
  • Bordeaux

About the source:

Author: Paulinus of Nola
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Nola (Italy south of Rome and Sicily)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Paulinus of Nola (Pontius Metropius Paulinus) was born into a very affluent family ca 335. Although most of his estates were located near Bordeaux in Gaul, he was appointed the governor of Campania in his early twenties. He then returned to Gaul. In 389, after being baptized, Paulinus and his wife moved to Spain. They both started to follow a semi-monastic way of life. Following the death of his newborn son, Paulinus was ordered a presbyter at Christmas 394. In 395, Paulinus established a monastery in Nola in Campania. He served as a bishop of that city from 409 till his death in 431. Paulinus corresponded with many principal Christian intellectuals of the era, including Sulpicius Severus, Jerome, Ambrose of Milan, and Augustine of Hippo. Of this rich epistolographic corpus, however, only fifty-one letters survived. For the list of all letters Paulinus sent as a presbyter, and their addressees, see [2059].
G. de Hartel ed., S. Pontii Meropii Paulini Nolani opera, vol. 1 Epistulae, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 29, Prague-Wien-Leipzig 1894.
Letters of St. Paulinus of Nola, trans. P.G. Walsh, Ancient Christian Writers 35, New York 1966.


Writing activity - Correspondence
Sexual life - Sexual abstinence
Sexual life - Virginity
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Relation with - Another presbyter
Devotion - Vigils
Family life - Celibacy
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