VIII. Saints' Tombs to be visited. VIII.2
(Gellone and St Thibery)
you go to Santiago on the Toulouse road, you should
visit the body of the Blessed Confessor William.
The most saintly William was a standard-bearer and
an eminent companion of Charlemagne, a brave soldier
skilled in war.
his strength of character he brought to Christian
rule the cities of Nimes, Orange and many others,
and carried the cross of God into the Gellone valley,
where he lead the life of a hermit, and after a
blessed death, Christ's confessor rests there honourably.
His feast day is the 28th May.
the same road one must visit the bodies of the blessed
martyrs Tiberius, Modestus and Florence, who in
the time of Diocletian were tortured terribly and
were martyred for their faith in Christ. They lie
on the river Herault in the finest tomb. Their feast
day is celebrated on 10th November.
the same route the worthy remains of Blessed Saturninus,
bishop and martyr, is to be visited. The pagans
stretched him out on the capitol in the city of
Toulouse, lashed him to violent, untamed bulls,
then dragged him for a mile from the top of the
citadel down all the stone steps. His head crushed
and his brains struck out and his whole body torn
to pieces, he gave back his worthy soul to Christ.
is buried in a prime location beside the city of
Toulouse where a huge basilica was built by the
faithful to honour him, where the Rule of St Augustine
is observed, and many good things are given by the
Lord to those who ask.
feast day is celebrated on 29th November.
the Burgundians and the Teutons who are going to
Santiago on the Le Puy route should visit the sainted
remains of St Foy, virgin and martyr, whose most
holy soul, after she was beheaded by the executioners
on the mountain of the city of Agen, was taken to
heaven in the form of a dove by angels, and the
victory laurels of immortality distinguished it.
St Caprasius, high priest of the city of Agen, who
was hiding in a grotto to avoid the frenzy of persecution,
saw this, he was given the spirit to endure his
passion, and hurried to the place where the blessed
virgin suffered, and having earned the victory of
martyrdom through his striving, even condemned his
persecutors for delaying.
last the precious body of St Foy, virgin and martyr,
was buried with honour by Christians in a valley
commonly known as Conques. The Christians built
a magnificent basilica above the tomb in which for
God's glory the rule of St Benedict is carefully
kept to this day.
blessings are given to both healthy and sick; in
front of the doors is a superb fountain, more extraordinary
than it is right to tell. Her feast is on the 6th
in the Camino de Santiago through Saint-Leonard,
first the worthy body of St Mary Magdalene must
justly be venerated by pilgrims.
this is the famous Mary, who in Simon the Leper's
house, watered the feet of the Savour with her tears,
cleaned them with her hair, and anointed them with
expensive ointment while kissing them attentively.
this account her sins were forgiven because she
held dear he who loves the universe, Jesus Christ
the Ascension of the Lord from Jerusalem she, with
Blessed Maximinus the disciple, went with other
disciples by sea to Province, and arrived at the
port of Marseille. For some years she led a celibate
life there before being buried in the city of Aix
by the same Maximinus, bishop of Aix.
many years her precious consecrated grave was moved
from this city to Vezeley by a heroic man named
Badilon, who had a blessed life. There it rests
in an honourable tomb to this day, where a huge
and beautiful cathedral and an abbey of monks was
her love, the faults of sinners are forgiven by
God, the blind are given sight; the tongue of the
mute is released; the lame are raised up;
the possessed are liberated and uncountable graces
are given. Her solemn feast is celebrated on 22nd
(St Léonard de Noblat)
one must visit the sacred body of St Leonard, confessor,
who was born into the most noble French family
and was brought up in the royal court. He renounced
the wicked world for the love of the Supreme Will,
and led in Limousin, in the place commonly called
Noblat, a celibate life with frequent fasts, vigils,
cold, nudity, and unspeakable labours.
in his own free area he died, a holy passing; his
sacred grave is regarded as being unmovable.
the monks at Corbigny should blush for saying they
have the body of St Leonard, when they don’t even
have either the smallest of his bones, or his ashes;
as previously pointed out, they cannot be moved
people of Corbigny, and many others, are enriched
by his gifts and miracles, but are deceived about
the presence of his body.
they were not able to have his remains, they worship
the body of a man named Leotard in place of St Leonard
of Lemognes, which is said to have been brought
to them lying in a silver casket.
even changed his name after death, as if he could
be baptised again, and imposed the name of St Leonard,
in the opinion that with so famous a name as St
Leonard of Lemognes, pilgrims would go there to
enrich them with their offerings.
feast is on the 15th October.
they made St Leonard of Limousin the patron of their
basilica, then they put another man in his place,
like jealous slaves who take their master’s inheritance
by force and grant it shamefully to his enemy.
like a wicked father who snatches his daughter from
her legitimate bridegroom and gives her to another.
have changed his glory, says the psalmist, to the
similitude of an ox. A wise man rebukes such behaviour,
saying, ‘Give not your honour away to strangers‘.
both foreign and local come here to find the body
of St Leonard, whom they revere, and don’t recognise
that it is another in his place. Whoever performs
the miracles at Corbigny, it is St Leonard of Limousin
who frees and leads captives there, however alienated
he may be from the patronage of their church.
people of Corbigny are in double fault because they
don’t recognise the one who enriches them by his
miracles, nor do they celebrate his feast, but illicitly
worship another in his place.
divine mercy has spread the fame of St Leonard the
Confessor of Limousin throughout the length and
breath of the world; of how his powerful goodness
led countless thousands of captives from prison.
Their savage iron chains, more than one can describe,
join together in their thousands, around and around
his cathedral, to the right and the left, inside
and outside, hanging testimony to all his miracles.
is beyond saying, how you would marvel if you could
see the wooden racks weighed down with so many and
such great barbarous irons. For hanging there are
metal handcuffs, neck yokes, chains, shackles, fetters,
crowbars, yokes, helmets, sickles, and so on, from
which the most powerful Confessor of Christ has
liberated his captives through his powerful goodness.
he used to appear in visibly human form to captives
in chain gangs across the seas, as they themselves
have testified who were liberated through the power
him once was beautifully fulfilled what the diving
fate had prophesised, saying:
has liberated those sitting in darkness and shadow
of death and chained in beggary and irons,
they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he
saved them out of their distresses,
brought them out of the path of iniquity,
he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars
of iron in sunder,
hath liberated those in bindings and many nobles
in iron manacles.
Christians were passed in chains into the hands
of the pagans, like Bohemond, and were enslaved
by those who hated them, and their enemies demanded
payment, and humiliated them, but this man often
liberated them. And he led them from the darkness
and the shadow of death, and shattered their chains.
He said to those in fetters, ‘Go forth to be revealed
to those in darkness’.
sacred feast is on the 6th November.
St Leonard, you must visit the remains of St Front,
bishop and confessor, at the city of Perigueux.
by the Apostle Peter in Rome, he was sent with a
priest named George to preach in the city
set out together, but George died on the journey
and was buried. Fronto returned to the blessed Apostle
and announced the death of his companion. St Peter
handed him his own staff, saying, 'When you put
this staff on the body of your companion, say: "Though
obedience to that which you accepted from the Apostle,
in Christ’s name rise and do it."'
so it was done. On the journeyBlessed Fronto recovered
his companion from death, using the staff of the
Apostle, and converted the aforementioned city,
through his preaching, to Christ. He went all over
with many miracles, and died with dignity there,
buried in the basilica built in his name and in
which, through the munificence of God, many benefits
are given to those who ask.
traditions say he was a disciple of the brotherhood
of Christ. His tomb is not like that of other saints;
it is made with the greatest devotion as a rotunda,
like the tomb of the Lord, and is more beautifully
worked than all the tombs of other saints. His holy
day is the 25th October.
again to those who do the Camino de Santiago via
the Tours road, in the city of Orleans you must
visit the True Cross, and the chalice of St Evortus,
bishop and confessor, in the church of St Croix.
day when the St Evortus was celebrating Mass, above
the alter appeared the right hand of the Lord, in
human form, and everyone there could see it. Everything
the bishop did at the alter, it did the same. When
the bishop made the sign of the cross above the
bread and the chalice, it did likewise. When he
was raising up the bread and chalice, the hand of
God also raised the true bread and chalice. When
the sacrifice had been made, the saving hand disappeared.
From this I understand that whoever is singing Mass,
it is Christ himself who sings.
St Fulgetius the Doctor says, ‘It is not man who
makes the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who as
crucified for us, Christ.’ And St Isodore says:
’It is not done better on account of a a good priest,
nor worse because of a bad priest.’
chalice is always presented, by custom, to the faithful
who ask for it at communion in the church of St
Croix, be they locals or foreigners.
on in the same city, one must visit the remains
of St Evortus, bishop and confessor. Likewise in
that city, one visits the church of St Samson, which
has the knife used at the Last Supper.
this Camino one must also visit, on the Loire, the
remains of St Martin, bishop and confessor. He is
regarded as the celebrated man who brought three
dead people back to life, and to have restored longed-for
health to lepers, possessed, lunatics, demoniacs,
and others who were sick.
tomb which lies in the sacred soil beside the city
of Tours, gleaming with immensities of silver and
gold and precious stones, and shining with frequent
it is a huge basilica under his patronage, built
like the church of Santiago. To it come the sick,
and are healed; the possessed, and are freed; the
blind, and can see; the lame, and can walk; all
kinds of sickness are cured, and to everybody who
asks with worthiness, is given the deepest solace.
His fame and glory spread everywhere to the glory
feast is celebrated on 11th November.
in the city of Poitiers, one must visit the holy
relics of Hilary, bishop and confessor. Here amongst
other miracles, filled with the strength of God,
he defeated the Arian heresy and taught the faithful
to worship as one; Arrius the Heretic did not have
the support of the sacred document issued by the
Council, and himself died loathsomely when his paunch
burst open in the toilet.
Hilary wished to sit during the Council, the ground
under him rose to present a seat; his voice broke
open the barred doors of the Council; exiled for
his Catholic faith to Phrygia for four years, he
put to flight many snakes with his power; he gave
back to a weeping mother her child that had died
tomb in which his sacred bones rest is decorated
with great gold and silver and precious stones.
His church, great and beautiful, is revered for
its numerous miracles. His feast day is 13th January.
(St Jean d'Angély)
must also visit the revered head of St John the
Baptist, which was brought by devout men all the
way from Jerusalem to the place called Angely in
the land of Poitou. There a huge cathedral was built
to him, a wonderful work, in which the most sacred
head is venerated night and day by a choir of one
hundred monks, and made famous by numberless miracles.
While the head was being transported it gave off
many signs both on sea and on land. On the sea it
put to flight many maritime dangers, and on land,
according to the record of its journey, dead men
were brought back to life.
of this, it is believed to be the true head of the
was found on 24th February in the time of Emperor
Marcian, when the Forerunner himself first revealed
to two monks the place where his concealed head
the Camino de Santiago, in the city of Saintes,
the body of St Eutropius, bishop and martyr, must
be visited with due dignity. His companion St Denis,
bishop of Paris, wrote of his blessed martyrdom
in Greek and sent it through Pope St Clement to
his parents in Greece, who already believed in Christ.
discovered the Passion in a Greek school in Constantinople,
in a book containing many passions of holy martyrs,
and for the glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ and his
glorious martyr Eutropius, I have translated it
into Latin, as best as I was able.
bishop of the Francs, of Greek lineage, to the most
reverend Pope Clement, greetings in Christ.
inform you that Eutropius, whom you twice sent with
me to these shores to preach the name of Christ,
has received the crown of martyrdom from the hands
of the gentiles at the town of Saintes, for the
faith of the Lord.
I humbly ask your holiness to send this book of
his Passion as quickly as you can, without delay,
to my relatives and faithful friends in Greece,
especially in Athens, so that they and others, who,
with me, accepted the bath of new regeneration from
the Apostle Paul, when they hear the glorious martyr
endured a cruel death for his faith in Christ, may
rejoice to have themselves suffered tribulations
and agonies for Christ's name; and if by fortune
the fury of the gentiles brings a martyrdom on them,
they learn to accept it patiently for Christ, and
fear it not in any manner. For those who want to
live in Christ must suffer opprobrium from the unholy
and those different to them, and look down on them
as insane and stupid, since it is necessary that
we enter the kingdom of God through many tribulations.
from you in body,
close to you in prayers and in spirit,
I bid you farewell,
for you may be forever.
Chapter VIII (St Eutrope)
: Guide VIII.3
at Blaye, on the coast, one should seek the help
of St Romanus, in whose basilica rests the body
of the blessed martyr Roland, who was of noble family,
a count of Charlemagne the King, one of his twelve
warriors, who girded with the zeal of faith, entered
Spain to expel the perfidious pagans.
is said that he was filled with such strength that
in Roncesvalles he split a rock from top to bottom
through the middle with a triple stroke of his lance,
and similarly while sounding his horn the wind from
his mouth split in down the middle.
ivory horn thus split is in the basilica of St Severinus
in Brodeaux, and the church in Roncesvalles is built
on the rock.
Roland conquered many fine kingdoms and peoples,
exhausted with hunger and cold and too much heat,
cut down by terrible blows and successive beatings
for the love of God, wounded by arrows and spears,
at last he died from thirst in that valley, a precious
martyr of Christ.
companions interred the most holy body with great
veneration in the basilica of St Romanus in Blaye.
one should visit the body of St Severinus, bishop
and confessor, at Bordeaux. His feast day is the
in the territories of Bordeaux, in the town called
Belin, one must visit the bodies of the holy martyrs
Oliver, Gondebaud King of Friesa, Ogier King of
Danmark, Arastain king of Brittany, Garin Duke of
Lorraine and many others warriors of Charlemagne,
who after conquering pagan armies in Spain were
slaughtered for the faith of Christ.
companions brought back their precious bodies all
the way to Belin and buried them there with great
affection. They lie together in one tomb, from which
the sweetest fragrance blazes which can make healthy
one must visit in Spain the body of St Domingo the
Confessor, who made the paved road between Najera
and Redecilla, where he himself rests.
one must visit the bodies of the blessed martyrs
Facundus and Primativus, whose basilica Charlemagne
built. Near the town there are wooded meadows, in
which the warriors spears were driven and are said
to have grown leaves. Their feast day is 27th November.
there, in the city of León, one must visit the venerable
body of St Isidore, bishop, confessor and doctor,
who instituted a most pious rule for the church
clergy and imbued the Spanish people with his teachings,
and graced the entire sacred church with the flower
of his writings.
last one must visit, above all and with the greatest
zeal, the most worthy body of St James the Apostle
in the city of Compostella.
these saints, and all the other saints of God, assist
us with their merits and prayers, through out Lord
Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
à Codex. Guide
at wanadoo.fr - 01/01/2013