St Jerome: Against Vigilantius
THE SAINT PACHOMIUS ORTHODOX
This document is in the public domain. Copying it is
The Blessèd Jerome:
Wm. Henry Fremantle, 1893
In which St. Jerome discusses saints,
prayer for the dead, religious
ceremonies, and other matters of abiding
concern to Protestants.
The St. Pachomius
Orthodox Library, St. Christina of Tyre, 2005.
Letter 61: To Vigilantius:
Vigilantius had accused Jerome of Origenism. Jerome, in
turn, attacks Vigilantius' claim that the
stone unhewn by hand refers to Satan.
Letter 109: To Riparius.
Promising to write a book against Vigilantius,
and defending the veneration of relics
and the custom of vigils.
The book which he promised to write.
- Vigilantius, the Gallic monster, the new
- He is supported by certain bishops who
celibacy of the priesthood even as an option.
- This book is written at the request of
Riparius and Desiderius.
- Vigilantius opposes the veneration of
relics and the
ceremonial use of candles.
- The Orthodox worship God, not the martyrs.
We venerate their relics because the saints are alive: God is the God of
- Vigilantius opposes prayer for the dead
conversely denies that the "dead" saints can help the living. But they are
"dead"; they are alive in Christ!
- Candles are signs of our joy and
Although God does not need them, they are like the oil poured out on
As for their being taken over from pagan worship, it is the object of
that matters more than the form.
- Vigilantius is an Eunomian, whether or not
he realises it.
- Vigilantius thinks that vigil services
should only be held at Easter. Then should not the Liturgy itself only be
celebrated at Easter? He also thinks vigils are a cover for
illicit nocturnal activities. If so, why do them even once a year?
- Vigilantius admits that miracles happen
at the shrines of the martyrs, and says that people who need miracles have
faith. But how does he explain that the miracles happen at all?
- How Vigilantius panicked during an
- I myself am filled with fear because of my
when entering a shrine. You may think this "womanish", but women are
close to God.
- Also, Vigilantius has refused to make
a special collection in Gaul for the poor monks of the Holy Land.
- While alms should be given to the
ordinary poor as well, monks, and especially those in the Holy Land,
have a special claim to help.
- Vigilantius opposes monasticism because
if all were to become monks, society would fall apart and the human
race become extinct. But obviously this isn't likely to happen.
asks who will teach sinners if everyone becomes a monk. But
the function of a monk is not to teach, but to weep for his sins.
- Are monks cowards who run away into the
Maybe, but those who stand may fall, while those who run are certain to
- If Vigilantius does not repent, I will
really severe attack on him: I will keep an all-night vigil on his
- APPENDIX: Related pages in the St. Pachomius Library.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servant the
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!