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Saint Delphinus

Saint Delphinus
  • Century: 5th Century
  • Patronage: -
  • Feast Day: December 24th

Very little is known of St. Delphinus, before he was elevated to the episcopate.  We do know that he was the Bishop of Bordeaux, France.  We also know that he baptized St. Paulinus of Nola, whose Epistles addressed to St. Delphinus are very thankful, in their expressions of gratitude and veneration.  We also know that St. Delphinus assisted at the Spanish Council of Saragossa in 380.  Its main purpose was to discuss the Priscillianist heretics, whom later he again condemned in a Synod of his own in 385.  According to records, we know that he corresponded with St. Ambrose, and there was a friendship between the two.  We also know that he died on December 24th, 403.   

In explaining the origin of Feast Days, most Saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the Saints Feast Day.  The Feast Days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.  The feast day for St. Delphinus is celebrated on the date of his death and birth into heaven, December 24th

Practical Take Away

St. Delphinus was a Bishop in Bordeaux, France.  He was a friend of St. Ambrose, and baptized St. Paulinus.  He worked in fighting schism in the early Church, and publicly condemned it in a Synod he held in 385.  Very little is known about our early Church fathers, such as St. Delphinus.