The Holy Martyr Hermingeld, Prince of the Goths (+ 586)
Commemorated on November 1
The Holy Martyr Hermingeld, Prince of the Goths (+ 586), abandoned the Arian heresy and was converted to Orthodoxy. His father, the emperor Luvingild, was an Arian, and neither by endearing nor by threats was able to sway his son to return to the former faith, and finally gave orders to execute him. The firmness of the prince in his faith and his valour before death compelled the emperor to repent of his deed. Not himself deciding to accept Orthodoxy, he nonetheless permitted the holy Bishop Leander to convert his successor Rekhardt to the true faith. Having become emperor, Rekhardt affirmed Orthodoxy in his domain.
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