|Priest and martyr|
|Born||19 December 1747|
Angers, Kingdom of France
|Died||21 February 1794 (aged 46)|
Angers, Revolutionary France
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church,|
|Beatified||31 October 1926 by Pope Pius XI|
|Feast||31 October 1926|
Noël Pinot (born in Angers, December 9, 1747 - died in Angers, 21 February 1794) was a refractory priest who was guillotined during the War in the Vendée. He was beatified by the Catholic Church and considered a martyr.
During the French Revolution, he refused to take the oath of the Civil Constitution of the Clergy unlike his superior, Mathurin Garanger who took the oath on Sunday, 23 January 1791 and was later a member of the Petite Église. He was accused by the revolutionary municipality of "engaging in ecclesiastical activities to oppose the law". On Sunday 27 February, he was brought before the court.
Denounced, he was arrested on 5 March and sentenced to banishment by the District Court. He hid in Beaupreau. Returning to Louroux in 1793, during the War of Vendée, he went into hiding after the failure of the royalist insurgents against Nantes.
He was arrested on the night of 8 February 1794 during a clandestine Mass he was celebrating at the farm of Milandrie at Louroux-Béconnais, where he was hiding. He was taken to Angers, appeared before the Commission militaire révolutionnaire and was guillotined on 3 Ventôse An II of the French Republican Calendar at the Plâce du Ralliement in Angers.
He was executed wearing the vestments he was wearing at the time of his arrest. As he mounted the scaffold, he began reciting the opening prayers of the Mass, including Introibo ad altare Dei (from Psalm 42). A statue at the Cathedral of Angers represents the first step of climbing the "altar of God".
|journal=(help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)