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Remiremont Abbey, Vosges
|Venerated in||Roman Catholicism|
|Canonized||3 December 1049 by Pope Leo IX|
|Influenced||Romaric of Remiremont|
- This article is not about St. Aimé, who is also called Saint Amatus and has the same memorial day
Amatus was born about the year 560 to a noble family at Grenoble. Around 581, he entered the Abbey of St. Maurice, Agaunum, and at the age of thirty retired into a hermitage, where his reputation for a life of penance and prayer, privileged with the grace of miracle working, drew the attention of Eustace of Luxeuil, who persuaded Amatus to join his community.
One of his missionary journeys brought him to the court at Metz, and there he converted a former Count Palatine of King Theodebert II, the Frankish noble St. Romaric. St. Romaric founded with Amatus a double monastery for men and women at Remiremont Abbey on land that had been in Romaric's possession since his days as a count palatine. Amatus was its first abbot. He ruled this Abbey for many years, and established there the difficult pious practice of the “Laus perennis” or Perpetual Praise, which consisted in the maintaining in the Church an uninterrupted service of Psalmody and Prayer, day and night. Saint Amatus died in the year 627, and at his own request was buried just outside the church door. Later, his remains were suitably enshrined under one of the altars of the same church.
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- Monks of Ramsgate. “Amatus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 June 2012 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- Butler, Alban. “Saint Amatus, or Amé, Abbot and Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 May 2017 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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