An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Remigius of Reims

(c. 438-c. 533). “Apostle of the Franks.” He was born in Laon, France. At the age of twenty-two he was consecrated the Bishop of Reims. Remigius is remembered for converting Clovis, King of the Franks, to Christianity. Through Remigius's efforts, the Franks were converted to Nicene Christianity rather than Arian Christianity. Remigius baptized Clovis and about 3000 of his followers on Christmas Day, 496. He was also known as “Remi.” Remigius is remembered for saying to Clovis, “Worship what you have burned, and burn what you have worshiped.” He is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on Oct. 1.

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