Donatian of Reims
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Donatian of Reims
Detail of St. Donatian, from Jan van Eyck's Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele (1436)

Donatien of Reims (also known as Donatien or Donat) was a 4th-century French saint[1] and the 8th Bishop of Reims.[2]

He died in AD 389, and in AD 863 the count of Flanders Baldwin I transferred his relics to the Church Saint-Agricol de Reims at Bruges, where his cult is still active. He is revered as a saint and his feast day is locally celebrated on 14 October.[1]

Legend

A legend has it that he was thrown as a child into a river, where a holy man took five candles and placed them on a water wheel which showed where the child had gone, and he was able to recover the child.[3] Saint Donatien is represented holding a wheel bearing candles.

References

  1. ^ a b Donatien de Reims.
  2. ^ Donatien of Rheims on Wikimedia He died in 421 Vos, Sint Donatianus patroon der kathedrale, stad van CommonsEdmond en ' t bisdom van Brugge. Eenige bladzijden te zijner era, Bruges, 1901.
  3. ^ Des Graviers et Jacomet, Reconnaître les Saints : Symboles et attributs, Massin, 2006 (ISBN 2-7072-0471-4).

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