Abundius (also Abondius, Abundias, or Abbondio; early fifth century – 469), venerated in the Catholic Church as Saint Abundius, was a bishop of Como, Northern Italy.


Abundius
Hermit, bishop, and confessor
Bornfifth century
Thessalonica, Greece
Died469[1]
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrineBasilica di Sant'Abbondio, Como
Feast2 April
Attributesdepicted in art as a bishop with a stag; sometimes he is shown raising a dead child to life[2]
PatronageThe city and the diocese of Como

BiographyEdit

Abundius was born at Thessalonica. Around 448 Abundius became the fourth Bishop of Como, succeeding Amantius.[3] He was present at the Council of Constantinople in 448, and took an active part against the Eutychian heresy at Chalcedon (451), where he was the representative of Pope Leo the Great. In 452 he also took part in the Council of Milan, convened to refute the same heresy. Abundius is one of those to whom the authorship of the Te Deum is attributed.

The Romanesque church of Sant'Abbondio at Como, consecrated in 1095 by Pope Urban II, is dedicated to him, and his relics are conserved beneath its principal altar.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jones, Terry. "Abundius of Como". Patron Saints Index. Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2007.
  2. ^ Rabenstein, Katherine (April 1999). "Abundius of Como, Hermit (RM)". Saints O' the Day for April 2. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2007.
  3. ^ The death of his predecessor, Amanzio, a native of Canterbury in England, is traditionally set at 448. See the article Sant'Amanzio di Como (in Italian) on the Italian Wikipedia
  4. ^ See the article on the Basilica di Sant'Abbondio (in Italian) on the Italian Wikipedia

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Attribution

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Abundius". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.