St. Vincent wrote the Commonitorium, concisely laying out the rule Christians must follow in order to distinguish the true faith from heresy. This work continues to be one of the most reliable guidelines for the Orthodox Christian faith.
As St. Vincent explained, the true faith is that which has been held "everywhere, always, and by all."
The Venerable Saint Vincent of Lerins
Saint Vincent lived in the fifth century, and he was mostly likely from Northern Gaul (France). There he occupied important social positions, but in good time his eyes were opened, and leaving the vanity of the world, he went to the Lerins Monastery, which had been founded not long before by Saint Honoratus.
There Vincent gave himself over to fervently studying the Scriptures and the works of the Holy Fathers in silence. In time he himself became famous for his knowledge, eloquence, and holiness of life.
Around 434 A.D., after the third Ecumenical council in Ephesus, he sensed that his end was coming near and wrote the Commonitorium, where he concisely laid out the rule Christians must follow in order to distinguish the true faith from heresy, namely, that the true faith is that which has been held "everywhere, always, and by all."
His work had great success in the West, and it is still one of the most reliable guidelines for the Orthodox faith.
Saint Vincent peacefully ended his days in the monastery, and he reposed in Christ not long after 450 A.D.
The sixth of June is the feast day of the Venerable Saint Vincent of Lerins.
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