ST. CLARUS, M.
THIS saint was an Englishman by birth, of very
noble extraction, was ordained priest, and leaving his own country
led many years an angelical life in the county of Vexin in France. He
often preached the truths of salvation to the inhabitants, and died a
martyr of chastity, being murdered by two ruffians, employed by an
impious and lewd lady of quality, about the year 894. He is named in
the Roman and Gallican Martyrologies, and honored with singular
veneration in the dioceses of Rouen, Beauvais, and Paris. The village
where he suffered martyrdom, situate upon the river Epte, (which
separates the Norman and French Vexins,) nine leagues from Pontoise,
and twelve from Rouen, bears his name, and is become a considerable
town by the devotion of the people to this saint. His rich shrine is
resorted to by crowds of pilgrims, who also visit a hermitage which
stands upon the spot which was watered with his blood near the town.
Another town in the diocese of Coutances in Normandy, which is said
also to have been sanctified by his dwelling there before he retired
to the Epte, is called by his name St. Clair. See his acts in
Capgrave; Saussaye; Moutier, Neustria pia; and Trigan, Hist. Eccles.
de Norm. t. 2, p. 201.