Saint Days: Hilary of Poitiers
Hilary of Poitiers (310-367) was the Bishop of Poitiers in France. He was known as the "Hammer of the Arians" and "Athanasius of the West."
He was born to pagans and received a good education. After studying the Scriptures, he converted to Christianity with his wife and daughter.
After being unanimously elected to the episcopate by his diocese, he began excommunicating Gallic Arians. Arianism was a heresy which was gaining ground in the 4th century. These heretics taught that Jesus was not of the same substance as the Father. Rather, they argued, God created Jesus. St. Hilary fought for orthodox, Nicene Christianity which acknowledges:
St. Hilary's impact on the Christian faith was so large that St. Augustine referred to him as, "the illustrious doctor of the churches."
Here is St. Hilary clearly articulating the Gospel message which the Church also proclaims:
Please pray with us and the rest of Christ's Church in memory of St. Hilary of Poitiers:
Almighty God, you gave to your servant St. Hilary of Poitiers special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.