Vincent of Lérins, Saint

▪ ancient theologian
pseudonym  Peregrinus  
born , possibly Toul, Belgica [now in France]
died c. 450, ; feast day May 24

      Gallo-Roman saint, the chief theologian of the Abbey of Lérins, known especially for his heresiography Commonitoria (“Memoranda”).

      Supposedly the brother of Lupus of Troyes, Vincent may possibly have been a soldier before joining, before about 425, the Abbey of Lérins, on the Mediterranean island of Lérins, near Cannes, Fr. Vincent was later ordained priest and spent his monastic life at Lérins, where he acquired a preeminent reputation in scriptural learning and dogma.

      About four years after the Council of Ephesus (431), Vincent, under the pseudonym of Peregrinus (“Pilgrim”), wrote Commonitoria, which attempted to reply to current heresies. It is unclear whether the work once consisted of two books, the second of which was lost and replaced by a résumé made by Vincent, or whether it is complete in its present form.

      For the Semi-Pelagians of whom Vincent was a leading spokesman, St. Augustine of Hippo was a dangerous innovator teaching contrary to tradition. The Commonitoria is now generally admitted to be an indirect attack on Augustine, who is not named but to whom the work alludes. In the Commonitoria Vincent tries to provide a valid criterion for orthodoxy and, in doing so, enunciates the classic formula for traditional doctrine: “What is believed everywhere, at all times, and by all.” Most of Vincent's other works are lost.

      Vincent's surviving works are in J.-P. Migne's Patrologia Latina, vol. 50. Critical editions of the Commonitoria include those of R.S. Moxon (1915) and A. Jülicher (1925). R. Morris' English translation, Vincent of Lérins, the Commonitories, is in The Fathers of the Church, vol. 7 (1949).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Vincent of Lérins, Saint — • Essay on the fifth century monk and ecclesiastical writer Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Vincent, Rule of Saint —    St. Vincent of Lerins who died A.D. 304 has always been revered in the Church and is known as the author of the saying, Quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus, creditum est, meaning what has been done or believed always, everywhere and by… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • VINCENT DE LÉRINS — saint (mort av. 450) Prêtre et moine d’origine gauloise du monastère de l’île de Lérins, au large de Cannes, saint Vincent de Lérins est mort avant 450. Il est l’auteur d’un recueil d’extraits théologiques d’Augustin (retrouvé et publié par J.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Vincent de Lérins — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Vincent et Saint Vincent. Vincent de Lérins (Ve siècle, mort vers 445 450) est un moine et écrivain ecclésiastique de Gaule méridionale, dont la vie est connue par le De viris illustribus de Gennadius… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Saint Vincent de Lérins — Vincent de Lérins Pour les articles homonymes, voir Vincent et Saint Vincent. Vincent de Lérins (Ve siècle, mort vers 445 450) est un écrivain ecclésiastique de Gaule méridionale, dont la vie est connue par le De viris illustribus de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Vincent de Lerins — Vincent de Lérins Pour les articles homonymes, voir Vincent et Saint Vincent. Vincent de Lérins (Ve siècle, mort vers 445 450) est un écrivain ecclésiastique de Gaule méridionale, dont la vie est connue par le De viris illustribus de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Vincent von Lérins — Vinzenz von Lérins, auch Vincenz, Vincent, Vincentius; Lerin, Lerinum; lateinisch: Vincentius Lerinensis, (* unbekannt; † zwischen 434 und 450 vermutlich in Lérins), Heiliger, war Mönch und Kirchenvater. Vinzenz ist berühmt wegen seines so… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Vincent of Lérins — Infobox Saint name=Vincent of Lérins birth date= death date=c. 445 feast day=24 May venerated in=Roman Catholic Church Eastern Orthodox Church imagesize= caption= birth place= death place=Lérins, France titles= beatified date= beatified place=… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Vincent — may refer to:Places*São Vicente, a municipalty in Madeira *Saint Vincent and the Grenadines *Saint Vincent (island), the main island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines *Saint Vincent de Paul, Quebec, a borough in Laval, Quebec, Canada *São… …   Wikipedia

  • Lérins Abbey — Lérins Abbey …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.