Saint Hilarion of Espalion

detail of a statue of Saint Hilarion of Espalion, date and artist unknown; Church of Saint John the Baptist, Espalion, France; photographed by Richard Stracke; swiped from Christian IconographyAlso known as

  • Hilarian of Lévinhac
  • Hilarian of Perse
  • Ylariano…
  • Hylariano…

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Born to the Gallic nobility, he was known as a pious child. Priest in Lévinhac, France. He would often pass through an area of Muslim occupation, cross the River Lot, and celebrate Mass in the town of Perse. Martyr.

Born

Died

  • beheaded c.793 in Perse, diocese of Rodez, France
  • legend says that the body got up, washed the blood off the severated head, and then took it to his mother; he had jokingly promised he would do so every time she nagged him of the danger of passing through Muslim territory to being the Sacraments to the people of Perse
  • buried in Lévinhac, France
  • relics enshrined in Perse where they are a stop on the route for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela

Canonized

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Hilarion of Espalion“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 June 2016. Web. 28 August 2016. <>