Aurelius of Armenia, St.

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Bishop in Armenia; d. Milan, 475. Nothing is known of his early life. He is said to have brought from Cappadocia to Milan the relics of St. dionysius, Bishop of Milan (355) who had died in exile, and who was to have been buried in Milan beside Aurelius. In 830 Bishop Noting of Vercelli removed his body to Hirsau, where he founded a church of which Aurelius is patron. The earliest vita, now lost, was written in the ninth century, probably at Reichenau. The extant life is an eleventh-century revision by Abbot Williram of Ebersberg.

Feast: Nov. 9; formerly Sept. 13.

Bibliography: Act Sanctorum Nov. 4:128142. Bibliotheca hagiograpica latina antiquae et mediae aetatis (Brussels 18981901) 1:819822. f. lutz, Württemberger Vierteljahrbücher, NS 33 (1939) 2972. m. miller, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner (Freiburg 195765) 1: 1108.

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