Pictorial Lives of the Saints – Saint Albinus, Bishop


Saint Albinus was of an ancient and noble family in Brittany, and from his childhood was fervent in every exercise of piety. He ardently sighed after the happiness which a devout soul finds in being perfectly disengaged from all among the servants of God, and had no other ambition than to appear such in the eyes of others as he was in those of his own humility. In the third council of Orleans, in 538, he procured the thirtieth canon of the council of Epaone to be revived, by which those are declared excommunicated who presume to contract incestuous marriages in the first or second degree of consanguinity or affinity. He died on the 1st of March, in 549.

Reflection – With whatever virtues a man may be endowed, he will discover, if he considers himself attentively, a sufficient depth of misery to afford cause for deep humility; but Jesus Christ says, “He that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

MLA Citation

  • John Dawson Gilmary Shea. “Saint Albinus, Bishop”. Pictorial Lives of the Saints, 1889. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 July 2013. Web. 22 October 2021. <>