Saint Peter Chrysologus
Peter, born in Italy around 406, became Archbishop of Ravenna about 439. When he arrived in his diocese, he found a strong pagan influence and many lapsed faithful.
Peter, born in Italy around 406, became Archbishop of Ravenna about 439. When he arrived in his diocese, he found a strong pagan influence and many lapsed faithful. Through his labours, paganism was eradicated and the faith revived. He was a concerned pastor and preacher and earned the title Chrysologus (“of golden words”) because of his inspirational homilies, many of which are still extant. He died around 450 and was made a Doctor of the Church in 1729. People knew Saint Peter Chrysologus, the Doctor of Homilies, for his very simple and short but inspired sermons, for he was afraid of fatiguing the attention of his hearers.
His piety and zeal won universal admiration. After hearing oratory of his first homily as bishop, Roman Empress Galla Placidia supposedly gave him the surname Chrysologus, meaning “golden-worded.” His sermons are historically significant in that they reveal Christian life in fifth-century Ravenna. The Emperor’s mother, Galla Placidia, patronized many projects of Bishop Peter. In his extant homilies, Bishop Peter explained Biblical texts briefly and concisely
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