SAINT EUSEBIUS OF VERCELLI, BISHOP; MEMORIAL: AUGUST 2
St Eusebius was born about 300; he became bishop of Vercelli in 345. The Arian heresy was prevalent at that time, and he worked unceasingly to maintain the true doctrine of the divinity of Christ. Emperor Constantius sent him into exile in 355, and he travelled to visit Christian communities in the Holy Land, Cappadocia and Egypt. He returned to Vercelli when a new emperor came to power in 361. He established monasticism in the diocese, and gave his clergy a rule of life which was semi-monastic.
Saint Eusebius affirmed the divinity of your Son.
By keeping the faith he taught,
may we come to share the eternal life of Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.