ST. GOBAIN, PRIEST AND MARTYR
HAVING served God from his childhood in Ireland,
his own country, and being there ordained priest by St. Fursey, he
passed into France soon after that holy man, out of a desire more
perfectly to consecrate himself to God. He made a short stay at
Corbeny, before the abbey was there erected, and afterwards at Laon.
Thence he withdrew into the great forest near the river Oise, where
at the distance of two leagues from that river, and as far from Le
Fere and Premontré, he built himself a cell, and afterwards,
with the help of the people, a stately church, which was consecrated
under the patronage of St. Peter, but long since bears the name of
St. Gobain. King Clotaire III., who reigned in Neustria and Burgundy
from the year 656 to 670, had bestowed on him the ground, and
continued exceedingly to honor him. Here the saint served God in
watching, fasting, and prayer, till certain barbarians from the north
of Germany plundering that country, out of hatred to his holy
profession, cut off his head. The place was first called Le Mont
d’Hermitage, now St. Gobain, and is famous for the manufacture
of large crystal glasses, which are not blown, but run, and
afterwards sent to Paris by the river to be polished and finished.
The body of St. Gobain was lost during the civil wars raised by the
Calvinists, but his head is still kept there in the great church. See
the ancient lessons of his office, and the remarks of Papebroke,
Junij, t. 4, p. 21.