He was born and died in Imola in northern Italy. He was made bishop of Ravenna, the new capital of the Roman Empire, and was responsible for many of the building works there. The name “Chrysologus” means “golden speech”, and was given to Peter because he was such a gifted preacher; unfortunately, most of his writings have perished, and only a collection of short sermons remains.
Prayer from Morning Prayer:
God our Father,
you made Saint Peter Chrysologus a most eloquent preacher of Christ,
your Word made man.
By the intercession of your saint
help us to meditate constantly in our hearts
on the mysteries by which you saved us,
and to manifest them faithfully in our lives.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.