Mamertus of Vienne, St.
MAMERTUS OF VIENNE, ST.
Bishop of Vienne, France, c. 461–475. Nothing certain is known of his early life or family except that he was the brother of claudianus mamertus. He was rebuked by Pope hilary for appointing a bishop to Die, a suffragan diocese of arles; he was condemned by a synod at Arles, and apparently submitted. In his own diocese he promoted the cult of St. ferreolus. Mamertus is best known for organizing rogation processions, or Minor Litanies, the prayers of the people in time of calamity. It is not known whether his Rogations were held before or after Ascension Day, but it is certain that they were continued by his successors and prescribed for all Gaul by the Council of Orléans in 511. He is buried in the church of St. Peter at Vienne.
Feast: May 11.
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