January 13: St. Hilary of Poitiers

In the fourth century AD, a man called Hilary lived in Poitiers, in modern day France. As a young man, he was a highly educated pagan, but later he studied the Bible and became a Christian. His feast day is now celebrated on January 13.

Much of his life was spent writing and debating theological points, particularly Arianism – the belief that Jesus is a created being, less than the father. In fact he is known as the Hammer of the Arians.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16


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