ST. MEMMIUS, IN FRENCH, MENGE FIRST BISHOP AND
APOSTLE OF CHALONS ON THE MARNE
THE Catalaunian plains, according to Jornandes,
one hundred leagues in length, and seventy in breadth, famous for the
defeat of Attila, and other great victories, gave name to the whole
province of Champagne, and were the theatre of the apostolic labors
of St. Memmius, the first bishop and apostle of Chalons, in the
decline of the third century. Flodoard is our voucher that he was
contemporary with Sixtus, bishop of Rheims in 290. He is honored on
the 5th of August, the day of his death. His relics, after several
translations, are deposited in a rich shrine of silver gilt, together
with those of his sister St. Poma, and famous for many miracles. St.
Gregory of Tours relates that when he was travelling through Chalons
his servant fell dangerously ill of a fever: St. Gregory, prostrate
before the tomb of St. Memmius, prayed earnestly for his recovery;
and the next morning the youth found himself perfectly we11.1 St.
Memmius’s two immediate successors, Donatian and Domitian, are
also honored among the saints, and their relics enshrined in the
Basilic of St. Memmius. Likewise St. Elasius and his brother and
successor Laudomerus or Lumier, the thirteenth and fourteenth bishops
of Chalons from 565 to 590, are honored, the former on the 19th of
August, the latter on the second of October, though he died on the
30th of September.
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