St. Clarus
January 1

St. Clarus

St. Clarus

Early Life

More popularly known as st. Clarus, the hermit. Also called St. Clair.St Clarus was born into an English noble house in Rochester, England, the United Kingdom, a saint of the seventh century. Unfortunately, not much information about St. Clarus’s birth, family, and upbringing were stated.

But one thing that stands out is that he left his rich, noble pedigree to pursue a life of solitude, prayer, and devotion.

Life of Devotion

St. Clarus went on to become a priest and joined the benedictine monk. He traveled to France and settled in Vexin at Naqueville, near Rouen, where he lived as a hermit ( someone living in solitude away from the society as a religious discipline).

He devoted his life to teaching and preaching the truths of salvation to people. St. Clarus preached Christianity by word and example.

He was never afraid of standing for the gospel and was consumed by his passion for God.


Like many other saints, st. Clarus paid the ultimate price for his faith and belief in God. St Clarus’s death came through the hands of an unnamed wealthy noblewoman.

History has it that this woman obviously with high standing in the society became obsessed with st. Clarus and made advances on him. To escape her advances, he fled into a nearby forest.

Spurn by his rejection of her, she went seeking revenge. This unnamed noblewoman sent two ruffians after him into the forest. When the ruffians found him, they beheaded him.

St. Clarus died a Martyr of Chastity, courage, and a disciplined man for his faith. His date of death was said to be around 875 AD.

After St. Clarus’s death, a shrine was erected in his honor on the very spot where his blood was shed. This shrine has become a pilgrimage center for people far and near.

His feast day is every 4 November.


Father Alban Butler. “Saint Clarus, Martyr.” Lives of the Fathers,Martyrs, and Principal Saints,[1866]{.ul}.CatholicSaints.Info. 3 November 2013. Web. 30 July 2021.[]{.ul}


5 Interesting Facts About St. Clarus

  1. The French village where his death took place was given his name to
    immortalize him (Saint-Calir-Sur-Eph), and a shrine built on his
    blood to mark what he stood for
  2. Did you know his name means Bright or Clear and is made use of by
    the Romans in the sense of famous
  3. In a wall painting in the chapel of the English College in Rome, you
    will find a representation of St. Clarus (one of the few English
    saints bestowed the honor)
  4. St. Clarius share a similar story with the biblical Joseph by
    fleeing from powerful women who made advances on them.
  5. You should know that he is honored with singular veneration in the
    dioceses of Rouen, Beauvaes, and Paris.

Prayer to St. Clarus

Although there is no official prayer to saint Clarus, these beautifulwords extracted from the Old Hermit’s Almanac and authored by Edward M.Hays on saint Clarus is a good form of worship.“Rub your eyes and asked st. Clarus make you long-sighted so you cansee the bigger picture in life.Just as myopia causes distant objects to be blurred, the myopia ofthe spirit causes you to lack discernment in planning ahead.”