Sunday, September 19, 2010

St. Hilary of Poitiers (c.300 to c.368)

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog entry, I found a neat little book at a library sale on Block Island called "The Mystery and Magic of Trees and Flowers" by Lesley Gordon (1985). And from what I've read, roses are not the only flowers associated with saints.
The barren strawberry is the plant of St. Hilary of Poitiers. He was born in Gaul (Poitiers, France) c.300 to pagan parents. He married and had children. After reading the bible, St. Hilary converted and was made bishop of Poitiers from 353 to 368.
He introduced Eastern theology to the Western Church. He died c.368 and his feast day is Jan. 13.
St. Hilary of Poitiers was named a Doctor of the Church in 1851 and he is the patron saint against snake bites.

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