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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume VI: June. The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

June 20

St. Bain, Bishop of Terouanne

[Now St. Omer, and Abbot of St. Vandrille’s.]  HE was fifth bishop of that see, to which he was promoted before the middle of the seventh century. Merville, where St. Mauront had built his monastery of Breüil, being in the diocess of Terouanne, St. Bain translated thence the body of St. Amatus, to the church which St. Maurout had lately built at Douay. 1 When SS. Luglius and Luglianus, two Irish hermits, had been murdered by highwaymen in this diocess, St. Bain buried them with great honour in the chapel of his castle at Lilleres, where they are honoured as patrons of the town on the 23d of October. Solitude, “which nourishes prayer as a mother does her child,” as St. John Damascen says, being always the ruling inclination of our saint, he resigned his bishopric, and retiring to the abbey of Fontenelle or St. Vandrille’s, in Normandy, put on the monastic habit, as he was already possessed perfectly of the spirit, and some time after was chosen the fifth abbot of that house from St. Wandrille, in 701. Out of his great devotion to the relics of the saints, he translated the bodies of St. Wandrille, Ansbert, and Wolfgran or Wulfran, out of the chapel of St. Paul, built by St. Vandrille for the burial-place, into the great church of St. Peter, in which the monks celebrated the divine mysteries. Pepin, duke of the French, having founded or considerably augmented the abbey of Fleury, now called St. Bennet’s on the Loire, situated nine leagues above Orleans, he committed the same to the direction of St. Bain, in 706. The saint died about the year 711, and is honoured on the 20th of June at St. Vandrille’s, and in the Gallican Martyrologies. See the Chronicle of Fontenelle, the lessons for his festival, Papebroke more exact than Mabillon, whom he corrects, t. 4. Junij, p. 27.  1
Note 1. Bucelin, Annal. Gallo-Flandriæ, l. 2. p. 87. [back]