ST. AURELIAN, ARCHBISHOP OF ARLES, C.
BEING promoted to that see in 546, he founded in
that city a great monastery for monks, in which he was seconded by
the munificence of king Childebert. He enriched the same with relics
of the holy cross, St. Stephen, SS. Peter and Paul, St. John, St.
James, St. Andrew, St. Gennesius, St. Symphorianus, St. Victor, St.
Hilary, St. Martin, St. Cæsarius, &c. He compiled a rule
for these monks, and another for the nunnery of St. Mary, which he
also built in the same city. Both these rules are extant in the Code
of St. Benedict of Anian, and in Le Cointe’s Annals. He
mentions the commemoration of the faithful departed at the altar; and
also of the living: in that of the saints he adds in particular those
martyrs and confessors whose relies that church was possessed of. The
saint usually styles himself Aurelian the Sinner. He assisted at the
council of Orleans in 549; and according to the inscription upon his
tomb in the chapel of St. Nizier in Lyons, died in that city on the
16th of June, 552, or, as the inscription runs, the eleventh year
after the consulate of Justin the Younger, in 540.* He is
commemorated on this day in the Roman Martyrology. See the Annals of
Le Cointe, and Gallia Christ. t. 1, p. 537.