Bay 12 (The Life of St Remigius)

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Panel 17 - Remigius baptizes Clovis while a dove descends with the 'holy ampoule'

 © Stuart Whatling, 2009


According to Vincent of Beauvais, when the time came for Clovis to be annointed with holy oil (chrism), a dove descended from heaven carrying a sacred ampoule of oil. The legendary oil was subsequently stored at the Abbey of St Nicaise and brought to the cathedral for all French coronation ceremonies.