13 January 2008

Saint Hilary of Poitiers

Today the Church commemorates Saint Hilary of Poitiers. Born in the year 315, he lived and ministered during the midst of the Arian controversy. Hilary was exiled from his bishopric at Poitiers because of his staunch opposition to the Arian teaching that Jesus Christ was not equally God, together with the Father and the Spirit. His exile, which began in 357, lasted three years, during which time he wrote several essays, including “On the Trinity”. Finally the Emperor was forced to send him back to Gaul because he was causing such difficulties for the Arians in the East. After a life of faithful service in defense of the orthodox Christian faith, Hilary died in the year 367.

(Editor's Note: Because the commemoration of St. Hilary falls on a Sunday, its observance is transferred to Monday, January 14 in 2008.)

Prayer of the Day
Lord God, you raised up your servant Hilary to be a champion of the true Christain faith. May we always hold fast to the faith which we professed at our baptism, that we may rejoice in having you for our Father, and may abide in your Son, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. To you, O Lord, be glory forever. Amen.


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