ST. DESIDERIUS, BISHOP OF LANGRES, MARTYR
THE good shepherd is always ready, in imitation of
his divine model, to lay down his life for his sheep. Such this holy
pastor approved himself. When certain pagan barbarians ravaged that
part of Gaul, St. Desiderius, accompanied with his clergy, went out
to meet them; but was massacred with his followers, and fell a victim
to save his flock. Sigebert says this happened in the invasion of
Chrocus, the German king, under Gallien; but Tillemont thinks it
rather ought to be placed in 411, when the Alans, Sueves, and Vandals
plundered that country. See Tillemont, t. 11, p. 540; Gall. Christ.
Nov. t. 4, p. 510.