ST. SYAGRIUS, BISHOP OF AUTUN
HE is supposed to be by birth a Gaul, and was
raised to the see of Autun about the year 560. He was present at
almost all the councils that were held in France in his time, whether
for the preservation of faith or morals. He was one of the bishops to
whose prudence was committed the difficult business of
re-establishing tranquillity in the monastery of St. Radegonde, at
Poitiers. King Gontran, who greatly regarded his abilities, going to
Paris to assist at the baptism of Clotaire II. chose him for the
companion of his journey. That ceremony was performed at Nanterre in
591. S. Gregory the Great gave the most distinguishing marks of the
esteem he conceived of his virtue and capacity. When he sent
missionaries with St. Austin to England, he recommended them to him,
and entrusted him with many important commissions. He granted him the
pall, and decreed that, for the future, the bishops of Autun should
have the rank of precedence, after the metropolitan of the province
of Lyons, even of those who were before them in years and
consecration. St. Syagrius died in 600. Ado and Usuard fix his feast
on the 27th of August; but in the additions to the Martyrologies,
which go under the name of St. Jerom, it is inserted on the 2d of
September. A celebrated relic of this saint is shown at Val-de-Grace
at Paris. See St. Gregory of Tours, Hist.1. 9, c. 40, 41;1. 10, c.
28. St. Gregory the Great,1. 5, ep. 54, 113,1. 7, ep. 115, 118, &c.
Baillet, 27 Aug. Gal. Christ. Nov. t. 4, n. 344.