ST. BENIGNUS, PRIEST, MARTYR APOSTLE OF BURGUNDY
AMONG the holy Roman missionaries who preached the
faith in Gaul, in the third century, St. Benignus laid the foundation
of the church of Burgundy, and received the crown of martyrdom near
Dijon, probably in the reign of Aurelian, who, in 272, raised a cruel
persecution against the Christians, and after his victory over
Zenobia in the East, waged war in Gaul, and led Tetricus, the Gaulish
general, in triumph. This emperor is said to have built the town of
Dijon, which was a place of no great note till long after this it
became the seat of many of the sovereign dukes of Burgundy; since
which time, there are few gayer cities in France. St. Gregory of
Tours relates several miracles hat were wrought at the tomb of St.
Benignus in this town, and says that his mother, by watching all
night before it in prayer, on the eve of his festival, on the 1st of
November, obtained of God that her whole family in Auvergne was
preserved from a pestilence called lues inguinaria. In the
life of St. Anno, archbishop of Cologne, we are told that the relics
of St. Benignus were afterwards translated into Germany. The abbey of
St. Benignus at Dijon was founded in the sixth century. See St.
Gregory of Tours,1. de Glor. Mart. c. 51, 55; Tillemont, t. 3, p.
422. The acts of St. Benignus are of no authority.