Malleus Arianorum – The Hammer against Arianism
St. Hilary of Poitiers January 13th
c 300 – 368
The Memorial of Saint Hilary remembers one of the doctors of the church who served as bishop of Poitiers, France, during the fourth century. In the heat of the Christological controversies he was one of the heavy weights who fought on the side of orthodoxy against the beliefs of the Arians, who rejected the divinity of the Son of God.
A friend and supporter of Athanasius, he suffered exile under the Arian Emperor Constantius II. He is also referred to as the Athanasius of the west.
In the heat of the Arian Controversy, which a great portion of the christian world was adopting, there were few voices that stood their ground, but through their diligence, their stand for what they knew was right and true, they persevered and preserved the faith.