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Saint Paulinus of Trier

About Saint Paulinus of Trier

Saint Paulinus of Trier is a revered figure in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the Bishop of Trier, Germany's oldest city, and was an unwavering advocate for the Christian faith during a time of significant religious and political upheaval.

Feast Day

August 31

Birth Place

Gascony, France



Saint Paulinus of Trier

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

Paulinus was born into a senatorial family in Gascony (modern-day France) in the fourth century. He was highly educated, and his wisdom and dedication to the Christian faith led to his quick rise within the ecclesiastical hierarchy.


Ecclesiastical Career

Paulinus was appointed as Bishop of Trier in 349 AD. He was a staunch defender of Nicene Christianity and opposed Arianism, a theological doctrine that denied the full divinity of Jesus Christ. This stance brought him into conflict with the Arian-embracing Roman Emperor Constantius II.

During the Council of Arles in 353 AD and the Council of Milan in 355 AD, Paulinus stood firm in his defense of Nicene Christianity, despite facing intense opposition and pressure to conform.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

His firm stance against Arianism led to his exile by Emperor Constantius II. He spent several years in Phrygia, a region of what is now Turkey. Despite his exile, Paulinus remained an active bishop, writing letters to his congregation and offering them spiritual guidance.

Paulinus reposed in Phrygia in 358 AD, maintaining his steadfast faith until the end.



Saint Paulinus of Trier is remembered for his unwavering commitment to the Christian faith, his defense of Nicene Christianity, and his pastoral care, even during exile. His courage in standing against heretical beliefs, even in the face of exile, is a testament to his faith and commitment to truth.

Those wishing to delve into the inspiring life of Orthodox Saints are invited to explore our collection here. Discover the legacy of a saint who remained faithful and steadfast in the face of adversity.



Where are the relics of Saint Paulinus of Trier

The relics of Saint Paulinus of Trier are housed in the Basilica of St. Paulinus (Basilika St. Paulin) in Trier, Germany. Saint Paulinus was a bishop of Trier and is venerated as a martyr. The basilica dedicated to him is a significant Baroque church and serves as a place of pilgrimage for those venerating the saint. The church has been the resting place for his relics for many centuries and stands as a testament to his influence and the reverence with which he is held in the region.

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