Saturday, 1 October 2022

Today is the Feast of St Rémi

Today is the Feast of St Remigius or St Rémi, who baptised Clovis, the first Germanic King to become a Catholic. It was then that the Covenant was made between God and the Nation of France. When France turns from her Revolutionary insanity and restores the Rightful King to the Throne of Clovis and St Louis, God will fulfil his promise made on the day of Clovis's baptism.

From Tradition in Action

St. Remigius was born around the mid-fifth century close to the city of Laón, France, where a saintly hermit lived. This hermit, who was blind, was afflicted not over this suffering, but over the situation of the Catholic Religion in France, which had been devastated by the Vandal persecution. One night, while he was praying for the Church, he heard a celestial voice that said to him:
“God has heard your prayers and deigns to look again upon the earth from the highest heaven so that all nations will praise the marvels of His omnipotence and kings will be honored to serve Him. Know that the woman named Celina will give birth to a son to whom she will give the name of Remigius. To him God reserves the glory to save His people.”
A statue of St Remigius
St. Remigius,
Apostle of the Franks

When Celina heard this message, she doubted his words since she was already old. But the monk went on:
“Know this, you will give birth to a son and while you are nursing your child, you are to anoint my eyes with your milk, and so restore my sight.”
These things happened as foretold. St. Remigius was born into the noble house of his parents, Emilius, Count of Laón , and St. Celina, and the hermit’s sight was restored. … 

Some time later when Remigius was 22-years-old, Benange, Archbishop of Rheims, died. The people, inspired by God, called for him to succeed Benange. When he was consecrated Bishop, he was anointed with a holy oil on his forehead by a mysterious hand that all present could see and an exquisite perfume permeated the whole area. … 

[For a period he suffered from various temptations … ] For this reason St. Remigius is efficiently invoked in temptations of flesh and spirit. Those who have difficulty in meditating or comprehending the divine mysteries also find a great support in St. Remigius. … 

One day a terrible fire whipped through the city of Rheims. Everyone gathered to help extinguish the devouring flames. But all efforts were useless. When the people had given up hope of stopping it, St. Remigius advanced to the heart of the fire carrying a cross and faced the most violent flames. The fire was stopped in its tracks and soon was completely subdued. … 

St. Remigius evangelized throughout Gaul, and converted Clovis, King of the Franks. On Christmas Eve of 496, the night that preceded the ceremony of the baptism of Clovis, St. Remigius spent several hours in prayer before the altar of the Church of St. Mary. Afterward, he went to the residence of the King. Taking advantage of the silence of the night, he wanted to give some last instructions to the Monarch before his baptism. In the oratory of the palace, the Queen, St. Clotilde, wife of Clovis, awaited his arrival. With her were the King and various other nobles. The Saint arrived and gave an admirable sermon.

The Chapel at Rheims Cathedral
A splendorous light filled the chapel where St. Remigius was preaching to the King and Queen of France

While he was speaking, a splendorous light appeared in the chapel that far outshone the dim light of the candles, and a loud voice was heard saying: “Peace be with you. It is I, do not fear. Remain in my love.” The physiognomy of the man of God was shining with a fiery brilliance. The King and the Queen knelt before the Prelate. Moved by the spirit of God, he made these prophecy:
“Your posterity shall nobly govern this kingdom, which will give much glory to the Holy Church. It shall inherit the Empire of the Romans. This nation will not cease to prosper so long as it follows the path of truth, but decadence will come upon it with vices and bad customs. For, in truth, it is in this way that all kingdoms and nations have fallen into ruin.”
At the end of his life, St. Remigius became blind. Far from grieving over this, he rejoiced, saying that by this means he could suffer with Our Lord Jesus Christ. He knew prophetically the day of his death many days before. At the end, he miraculously regained his sight so that he could see his flock and distribute his goods as he desired. When the day came, even though he was not sick, he made his farewell as if he were leaving on a long trip, and then died.

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