Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 619
God helps apostate priests who have fallen during the Arian persecutions of ca 360, to be reinstated in the Catholic Church. Account of monk and Presbyter Vincent of Lérins, "Commonitory", Lérins (Gaul), ca 434.
V (13).
During the Arian persecutions God acts through a select few who persevere in the Catholic faith.
[Dominus] deiectas sacerdotum coronas reponeret.
(ed. Demeulenare 1985)
V (13).
During the Arian persecutions God acts through a select few who persevere in the Catholic faith.
[The Lord] replaced on the heads of priests the crowns which had been torn from them.
(trans. C. A. Huertley)


It seems that Vincent suggests that there was some group of priests that adopted the Arian creed during the Arian persecution of Catholics, that is, they simply accepted the creed presented at the Council of Sirmium in 357 under the auspices of Emperor Constantius II. By priests, he most probably means both presbyters and bishops; compare with the passage: omnes clerici leuitae et sacerdotes ["all clerics, levites, and priests"] in Commonitory XXIV.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Rome
  • Britain and Ireland
  • Germania (east of the Rhine)
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Italy north of Rome with Corsica and Sardinia
  • Italy south of Rome and Sicily
  • Latin North Africa
  • Danubian provinces and Illyricum
  • East

About the source:

Author: Vincent of Lérins
Title: Commonitorium, Commonitory
Origin: Lérins (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Our main source of information about Commonitory is Gennadius of Marseille`s Lives of Illustrious Men. Writing about Vincent, presbyter in the monastery of Lérins (65, [618]), Gennadius mentions that he wrote a treatise on how to avoid the teachings of heretics, under the pseudonym Peregrinus ("Pilgrim"). Gennadius also recalls that the second part of this work was stolen when Vincent was still alive and now is almost completely lost, apart from the brief summary by Vincent himself.
R. Demeulenare ed., Liber contra Arrianos; De laude sanctorum; Libellus emendationis; Epistulae;Commonitorium. Excerpta ex operibus s. Augustini; Altercatio legis inter Simonem Iudaeum et Theophilum christianum, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 64, Turnhout 1985, s. 147-195.


Religious grouping (other than Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian) - Arian
    Change of denomination
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