Pictorial Lives of the Saints – Saint Mesmin

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Saint Mesmin was a native of Verdun. The inhabitants of that place having proved disloyal to King Clovis, an uncle of our Saint’s, a priest named Euspice, brought about a reconciliation between the monarch and his subjects. Clovis, appreciating the virtues of Euspice, persuaded him to take up his residence at court, and the servant of God took Saint Mesmin along with him. While journeying to Orleans with Clovis, he noticed at about two leagues from the city, beyond the Loire, a solitary spot called Micy, which he thought well suited for a retreat. Having asked for and obtained the place, he with Mesmin and several disciples built there a monastery, of which he took charge. At his death, which happened about two years after, our Saint was appointed abbot by Eusebius, bishop of Orleans. During a terrible famine, he fed nearly the whole city of Orleans with wheat from his monastery, without perceptibly reducing it; he also drove an enormous serpent out of the place in which he was afterward buried. Having governed his monastery ten years, he died as he had lived, in the odor of sanctity, on the 15th of December, 520.

Reflection – Few are called to serve God by great actions, but all are bound to strive after perfection in the ordinary actions of their daily life.

MLA Citation

  • John Dawson Gilmary Shea. “Saint Mesmin”. Pictorial Lives of the Saints, 1922. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 December 2018. Web. 6 May 2021. <>