By Raymond Van Dam

The 1st translation into English of 1 of Gregory's 8 books of miracle tales, which incorporates a sequence of anecdotes in regards to the lives of confessors.

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Every day he will see both new miracles and repetition of what happened long ago. I have already written a third book about the deeds of Martin [VM 31. But lest this book [the G q be deprived of his miracles, I have decided to include in it some of the stones that are clearly known to me; for there are many events that are still unknown, as I have often stated. In the church mentioned above that the believers built in his honor there is still a stone on which the blessed man is said to have sat.

Next to and on the left of this tomb [of the young girl] there is another tomb that is wholly similar in length, width, height, and placement. ’ Another tomb is no less noteworthy for the quality of its sculptures. It has been placed on a mound between the exit from the church of St Illidius and the entrance to the church of the blessed Venerandus; some say that a monk named Alexander was buried in it. Often the dire situation of ill people obtained health from this tomb immediately after they scratched off some dust and drank it in a potion.

He was astounded and looked inside (his cell was on an upper floor across from the windows of the church). He looked, and behold, there was a crowd of people dressed in white, holding candles, and chanting psalms around the tomb of Stremonius. He watched this spectacle for a long time. Once they departed, immediately at dawn Cautinus ordered that the tomb be surrounded with a railing and covered with white shrouds. He announced that respect would be shown to that place. Thereafter prayers were offered over the tomb and the assistance of the bishop was requested.

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