Book of Saints – Marcellus – 9 April


(Saint) Bishop (April 9) (6th century) A native of Avignon and younger brother of Saint Petronius, Bishop of Saint Die, at whose death Saint Marcellus was chosen to be his successor, although at the time only a deacon. He was consecrated by Saint Mamertus, Archbishop of Vienne. At first, the then King of Burgundy, an Arian, encouraged those of his sect to persecute the Saint; but the prince himself was later converted and became one of the Bishop’s warmest friends and supporters. Saint Gregory of Tours styles Saint Marcellus “a man of eminent sanctity,” and there are several Hymns which extol him as a worker of miracles. He died at the beginning of the sixth century, after an Episcopate of forty years, at an Abbey in the Diocese of Frejus. Both Saint Die and Frejus treasured portions of his relics until they were scattered by the Huguenots in A.D. 1562.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Marcellus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 November 2014. Web. 21 April 2019. <>