ST. JULIAN, MARTYR AT BRIOUDE
HE was descended from one of the best families of
Vienne in Dauphiné. He served with the tribune Ferreol; and
knew well how to reconcile the profession of arms with the maxims of
the gospel. Crispin, governor of the province of Vienne, having
declared himself against the Christians, our saint withdrew to
Auvergne, not that he dreaded the persecution, but that he might be
at hand to be of service to the faithful; for being acquainted, that
he was sought after by the persecutors, of his own accord he
presented himself before them, saying, “Alas, I am too long in
this bad world; oh how I burn with desire to be with Jesus.” He
had scarce uttered these words, when they separated his head from his
body. It was near Brioude; but the place of his interment was for a
long time unknown, until God revealed it to St. Germain of Auxerre,
when he passed by Brioude on his return from Arles, about the year
431. His head was afterward translated to Vienne with the body of St.
Ferreol. St. Gregory of Tours relates a great number of miracles
wrought by his intercession. The same author mentions a church
dedicated at Paris under the invocation of the holy martyr; it is
that which is near the bridge called Petit pont, and has successively
gone under the name of St. Julian the Old, and St. Julian the Poor.
See St. Greg. of Tours, de Glor. Mart.1. 2, Bosquet,1. 3, p. 170.
Tillem. t. 5, &c.