Gloriosae, Hilduin, and the Early Liturgical Celebration of St. Denis

  • Elizabeth A. R. Brown
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In 835 or thereabouts, Emperor Louis the Pious ordered Hilduin, abbot of Saint-Denis (r. 814–840), to compose a Passion of Saint Denis bringing together all that was known of the saint from charters, Greek and Latin histories, the libellus of the saint’s Passion, and the writings believed to be the saint’s (which Louis had presented to the abbey in 827 and which Hilduin had translated). The Passion was to be edifying and authoritative but not excessively long. Hilduin was to add to the Passion the account of the miraculous revelation that Pope Stephen had experienced in 754 and the pope’s subsequent consecration of Pepin and his family at the church. Further, he was to include “the hymns concerning the most glorious martyr and pontiff” that he possessed, and also “the nocturnal office” (officium nocturnale). Finally, Hilduin was instructed to compile a collection of the sources for Denis’s life.1


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