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The Commonitory of St. Vincent of Lérins (English and Latin)
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The Commonitory of St. Vincent of Lérins (English and Latin)


Joseph Robinson 1847

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St. Vincent of Lérins wrote his famous The Commonitory, or Commonitorium, in AD 434, under the pseudonym Peregrinus. A classic text affirming the authority of Scripture and the teachings of the Church Fathers, The Commonitory was written as a “reminder,” in an effort to preserve the authority of the Christian tradition. Citing Deuteronomy 32:7 (“ask thy father and he will show thee; thy elders and they will tell thee”), St. Vincent notes that “to commit to writing such things as I have faithfully received from the holy fathers, would be a work of no small utility.” The Commonitory is his effort to do so—a theological treatise in which he affirms authentic Christian teaching and advocates the necessity of interpreting Scripture under the authority of the Church and her tradition. An important window into Christian thought between the Council of Ephesus and the Council of Chalcedon, The Commonitory is rich with historical and theological insights; it’s the source the well-known definition of orthodoxy as “that which has been believed in the Church everywhere, always, by everyone.”

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Key Features

  • Offers a window into Christian thought between the Council of Ephesus and the Council of Chalcedon
  • Includes an introduction, notes, and an appendix
  • Affirms the authority of the teachings of the Church Fathers

Product Details

  • Title: The Commonitory of St. Vincent of Lérins
  • Author: St. Vincent of Lérins
  • Publisher: Joseph Robinson
  • Publication Date: 1847
  • Pages: 272

About St. Vincent of Lérins

St. Vincent of Lérins was born in Toulouse, Gaul. Not much is known of his life, but he is believed to have been in military service as a young man, before eventually entering the island monastery of Lérins—now known as St. Honorat—where he wrote The Commonitory. He died in AD 445.

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