ST. GREGORY, B.
HE was one of the principal senators of Autun, and
continued from the death of his wife a widower till the age of
fifty-seven, at which time, for his singular virtues, he was
compelled from his private penitential life, and consecrated bishop
of Langres, which see he governed with admirable prudence and zeal
thirty-three years, sanctifying his pastoral labors by the most
profound humility, assiduous prayer, and extraordinary abstinence and
mortification. An incredible number of infidels were converted by him
from idolatry, and worldly Christians from their disorders. He died
about the beginning of the year 541, but some days after the
Epiphany. Out of devotion to St. Benignus, he desired to be buried
near that saint’s tomb at Dijon, which town was then in the
diocese of Langres, and had often been the place of his residence.
This was executed by his virtuous son Tetricus, who succeeded him in
his bishopric. The 4th of January seems to have been the day of the
translation of his relics. He is mentioned in the Roman Martyrology.
See his miracles recorded by St. Gregory of Tours. Vit. Patr. c. 7.
Hist. Franc.1. 3, c. 15, 19. Cointe Annal. et Gall. Christ.