Saint Aurea of Paris

Aurea of Paris; (died 666; French: Sainte Aure), venerated as Saint Aurea of Paris, was an abbess of Saint Martial in Paris in the seventh century.[1] Dagoburt I and Clovis II ruled at the time.[2] Her feast day was originally the 4th October, however, this was transferred to the 5th October following the veneration of St Francis of Assisi.[2]

"Saint Aure" represented in a 17th-century mural carrying a miniature Crucifix. At the Roman Catholic church in Tohogne, Belgium.


She appears in works by two writers, St Ouen and Jonas of Bobbio, in their hagiography (saint's life stories) of St Eligius and St Eustace.[3] Both writers state that she was an immigrant to Paris from Syria.

When around 632 Eligius, by the liberality of King Dagobert, settled at Paris a nunnery of three hundred virgins, he appointed Aurea abbess.[4] She died "with one hundred and sixty of her sisters" of the plague in 666.[2]

Aurea's relics are held at the church of St Eloi in Paris.[3] In the same church, there is also a mural of her receiving the veil from St Eloi.[5]


As her nunnery stood within the city she could not be buried at it, and she was therefore interred at St. Paul's, and some time after, her bones were taken up, and kept in a rich shrine in that church, till they were translated to her monastery.[4]

Aurea was believed to have brought a woman back to life, so that she could release a key from her dead hands; to have swept red-hot ashes out of an empty oven, seemingly causing well-baked loaves to appear; and, long after death, to have cured a blind woman with the touch of her cut-off (and freshly bleeding) arm.[3]


  1. ^ Bunson, Matthew; Aumann, Jordan; Bunson, Margaret; Bunson, Stephen (1998). Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints. Our Sunday Visitor. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-87973-588-3.
  2. ^ a b c McClintock, John (1885). Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature: Supplement. Harper. p. 266.
  3. ^ a b c Baring-Gould, Sabine (1877). The Lives of the Saints. J. Hodges. pp. 66–68.
  4. ^ a b Butler, Alban. "St. Aurea, Virgin and Abbess", The Lives of the Saints. 1866   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ Galignani, A.; Galignani, W. (1868). New Paris Guide: For 1868. p. 279.