By Raymond Van Dam

The 1st translation into English of 1 of Gregory's 8 books of miracle tales, which includes a chain of anecdotes in regards to the lives of confessors.

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Why say more? She appeared to be so robust that she was thought to be sleeping rather than dead. Because of the shiny whiteness of her silk robe some of us thought that she had died while wearing the white robes [immediately after her baptism]. Some said that rings and gold necklaces were found on her and secretly removed, so that the bishop did not know. But no one of our present generation knew, either from gossip or from a written document, the girl’s merit, origin, or name. This body lay exposed for one year, and there was no one who out of respect for mankind brought a covering for this tomb.

Then supplies were loaded on wagons and horses were readied for the journey. ’ His servants asked what the joke was, so that he so easily undid what he had already ordered to be prepared with great urgency. ’ The men who heard this remark were amazed; they noted the day and quietly remembered the words of the saint. 2~ 20. The dedication of my oratory With regard to my oratory, in which are located relics of the martyr St Saturninus, bishop Martin, the confessor Illidius, and other saints, it will not be out of place to narrate some stones for the instruction of believers.

At that time two priests were with him whom he had brought with him from the East to Gaul. But when they had completed their days so that they were called from this world, they were buried in adjacent sarcophagi in the same crypt as their holy bishop. One sarcophagus was near the wall, the other was next to the first one. Since both stood above ground, it was not possible for the sarcophagus [in back] to be honored because of the sarcophagus that was in front [of it]; that is, no shroud could be unfolded there, and no lamp could be lit.

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