S. AMATOR, BISHOP OF AUXERRE, C.
HE served God from his infancy with his whole
heart, and applied himself to the study of the sacred sciences under
Valerian, bishop of Auxerre. In compliance with the desires of his
parents, he took to wife Martha, a rich young lady of Langres; but no
sooner was the contract solemnized in the church, but, taking her
aside, he spoke to her in such strong terms on the advantages of holy
virginity, that, by her free consent, they on the spot engaged
themselves, by a mutual vow, to embrace that state for the sake of
more perfect virtue. She soon after took the religious veil, and he
received the clerical tonsure. Being afterwards chosen bishop of
Auxerre, he governed that church thirty years, from 388 to 418,
laboring to conduct his flock by his example and assiduous
exhortations, in the paths of eternal salvation. He died on the first
of May, 418. See his life, and that of Saint Germanus and other
monuments, collected by Henschenius, t. 1, Maij. p. 50.