St Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor

Isaiah 40.25-31; Psalm 102; Matthew 11.28-30

Ambrose, born in Trier about 339, was Roman governor of the Province of Aemilia and Liguria when in 374 he was unexpectedly elected Bishop of Milan by popular acclamation. Within a week he was baptised, ordained and consecrated. He was known to be completely orthodox in doctrine but charitable towards those who held heretical views. He is perhaps best remembered for his role in helping Augustine of Hippo reach Christian certainty; Ambrose baptised Augustine in 387 and, legendarily, the two of them were said to have spontaneously composed the canticle Te Deum Laudamus as they emerged from the font.

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