ST. ELEUTHERIUS, MARTYR BISHOP OF TOURNAY.
A. D. 532.
HE was born at Tournay, of Christian parents,
whose family had been converted to Christ by St. Piat, one hundred
and fifty years before. The faith had declined at Tournay ever since
St. Piat’s martyrdom, by reason of its commerce with the
heathen islands of Taxandria, now Zealand, and by means of the
heathen French kings, who resided some time at Tournay. Eleutherius
was chosen bishop of that city in 486; ten years after which king
Clovis was baptized at Rheims. Eleutherius converted the greatest
part of the Franks in that country to the faith, and opposed most
zealously certain heretics who denied the mystery of the Incarnation,
by whom he was wounded on the head with a sword, and died of the
wound five weeks after, on the first of July, in 532. The most
ancient monuments, relating to this saint, seem to have perished in a
great fire which consumed his church, and many other buildings at
Tournay, in 1092, with his relics. See Miræus, and his life
written in the ninth century, extant in Bollandus, p. 187.* Of the
sermons ascribed to St. Eleutherius, in the Library of the Fathers t.
8, none seem sufficiently warranted genuine, except three on the
Incarnation and Birth of Christ, and the Annunciation. See Dom.
Rivet, Hist. Littér., t. 3, p. 154, and t. 5, pp. 40, 41.
Gallia Christ. Nova, t. 3, p. 571. and Henschenius, p. 180.