Jan 13 – Hilary of Poitiers

Jan 13 - Hilary of Poitiers

Hilary of Poitiers
Bishop + Doctor
13 January 367

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From the Satucket Lectionary

Illuminated manuscript showing Hilary writing his commentary on MatthewHilary of Poitiers (315-367) lived during the great controversy between Athanasius, who taught that the Son is fully God, equally with the Father, and Arius, who denied this.

Hilary is sometimes called “the Athanasius of the West.” He was bishop of Poitiers, and when he refused to sign a condemnation of Athanasius, the Arian emperor Constantius (one of the sons of Constantine) banished him to Phrygia in 357. His exile lasted three years, during which time he wrote several essays, including On the Trinity. Finally the Emperor was forced to send him back to Gaul because he was causing such difficulties for the Arians in the East. In 364, he journeyed to Milan, where he engaged in public debate with the Arian bishop Auxentius, and persuaded him of the error of his ways.

by James Kiefer

 

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