Victricius of Rouen

Steven Avery

Victricius of Rouen

An introduction to the creeds and to the Te Deum (1899)
Andrew Eubank Burns

Another confession of great interest was presented by Victricius, Bishop of Eouen, to Pope Innocent L in 403. We know it only from the references in a letter written to him by his intimate friend, Paulinus of Nola. He was accused, it would seem unjustly, of a leaning to Arian or Apollinarian heresy, and wrote to the Pope to defend himself, expressing his faith in a co-eternal Trinity, of one divinity and substance, and in the incarnation as the assuming of full manhood in body and soul.2 There is a parallel passage in his book, de laude Sanctorum, which I will print with it.

1 Miseremini igitur, miseremini; habetis, quod ignoscatis, confitemur Deum Patrem; confitemur Deum Filium, confitemur sanctum Spiritum Deum. Confitemur quia tres unum sunt. Unum dixi; quia ex uno sicut Filius de Patre, ita Pater in Filio; sanctus Spiritus vero de Patre et Filio. Ita et Pater et Filius in Spiritu sancto.

2 Una Deitas, una substantia, quia unum principium, et una perpetuitas, sive ante omnia, sive per quem omnia, verus Deus de Deo vero; quia ut alius de alio, ita alius in alio, vivus a vivo, perfectus a perfecto, lumen de lumine, et lumen in lumine. Ita huius Trinitatis Deitas ex uno et in uno permanens. Pater pater est, Filius filius est, Spiritus spiritus est.

3 Tres nominibus, tres uno principio, tres una perfectione, tres una Deitate, tres uno lumine, tres una virtute, tres una operatione, tres una substantia, tres una perpetuitate, quia ut tres ex uno, ita unitas in tribus. Sic confitemur quia sic credimus individuam Trinitatem, ante quam nihil potest affingi, nec mente concipi: per quam omnia visibilia, et invisibilia, sive Throni, sive Dominationes, sive principatus, sive potestates.

Arianism: Roman Heresy and Barbarian Creed (2016)
by Guido M. Berndt
Footnote 65

Grantley McDonald:
Victricius of Rouen (t c. 407) (De laude sanctorum 4),