Cultivating Pacian’s
Sunday January 31st 2010, 10:41 pm
Filed under: Patristics

Archeologists in Barcelona seem to have found an ancient Christian church. It’s hard to tell from the translation.

Hat tip: David Meadows.

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It says that they found the remains of several tombs, one of which was probably St. Feliu’s, but that all the remains had been moved out at some previous time — probably when the new church was being built.

Pretty much everything I’m finding is about some church thieves who broke into S Feliu (the oldest church in the city) and ripped off some money from the poorbox and stuff covering the tomb of St. Narcis. Also, somebody held up a wedding, and some bride ran out to a car crash and dragged a guy away from flaming death. Must be a rough part of town.

Comment by Maureen 02.07.10 @ 11:15 pm

Oh, but St. Feliu/Felix shows up in Prudentius’ Peristephanon:

“Little Girona, rich in saints’ bodies,
displayed the venerable remains of St. Felix.”

Comment by Maureen 02.07.10 @ 11:20 pm

Here’s a nice page about the church, in Spanish:

Comment by Maureen 02.07.10 @ 11:47 pm

Here’s the exact quote from Song IV of the Peristephanon:

Parua Felicis decus exhibebit *parva
artubus sanctis locuples Gerunda,
nostra gestabit Calagurris ambos,
quos ueneramur.

Little Gerunda, wealthy in the joints/pieces of the saints, exhibits the splendor of Felix, born near our Calagurris, by whom he is venerated.

Barchinon claro Cucufate freta
surget et Paulo speciosa Narbo,
teque, praepollens Arelas, habebit,
sancte Genesi.

Beautiful Narbo raises excellent Barchinon, daring Cucufate, and Paul; and you too, preeminent Arelas, had holy Genesius.

Cucufate helped out with evangelizing Girona, and some sources said he was buried or had relics there. He was African, and I have no idea what kind of name that is.

Comment by Maureen 02.08.10 @ 1:42 pm

Ah. “Cucuphas”. In Catalan, “Cugat”. As in Xavier Cugat, yes. He appears to have received a good amount of devotion not only from Catalans et al, but from medieval hunchbacks and petty thieves. (Probably the last, because of the divine vengeance legendarily wreaked on his first Roman judge.)

Comment by Maureen 02.08.10 @ 1:52 pm

Fascinating stuff. Thanks, Maureen!

Comment by Mike Aquilina 02.12.10 @ 9:15 am

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