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Who is St. Viator?

Saint Viator was a lector in the Church of Lyons in the latter part of the 4th century. He was also a faithful disciple and friend of his bishop, Bishop Just.

Sometime not long after the Council of Aquileia (AD 381), Bishop Just found himself inadvertently involved in the death of a man who had committed murder. Feeling that he was in some way responsible for the man's death, Bishop Just abandoned his see to spend the remainder of his life doing penance in the deserts of Egypt.

Out of a sense of fidelity to his bishop, Viator joined him in this self-imposed penitential exile.

Sometime not long after the year 390 AD, Bishop Just died. Viator died shortly thereafter. Even though Viator has sometimes been portrayed iconographically as a youth, it is much more likely that he was not much younger than Bishop Just, who was probably close to 70 when he died.

Because of the high regard in which the people of Lyons held both Bishop Just and Viator, they reclaimed their bodies from the desert and reburied them solemnly in the Church of the Maccabees, on September 2, most probably in the year 399.

For centuries thereafter, the Church of Lyons commemorated these two saints on four different feast days:

When Father Querbes, a priest of the church of Lyons, founded his association of catechists, he placed it under the patronage of Saint Viator because of latter's devotion to the service of the liturgy, his dedication to the education of others in the faith, and his fidelity to the local church in the person of its bishop.

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