Saint Clement’s Church and the legend of Saint Braillou. - Chasseneuil du Poitou

A monument dedicated to Saint Clement, the 4th Pope and martyr.

The origins of the church date back to the 11th century; the apse of the church overlooks the river Clain. Yet, if the church dates back to the Carolingian era, its name only appears in written texts in 1098. The edifice was much altered over the centuries since.
The church is ideally situated in the heart of the pretty, flower-bedecked village; the square in front has a small fountain and benches for you to rest – a haven of peace in a leafy setting!

Eglise St Clément
8 Rue de l'église
86360 Chasseneuil du Poitou
Tél. : 05 49 41 84 06
Email : eglisecatholique.poitiersnord@gmail.com

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SAINT CLEMENT, PATRON SAINT OF THE CHURCH IN CHASSENEUIL DU POITOU

Saint Clement, one of the earliest successors to the apostle Peter, became Pope around the year 100A.D. Other than a statue to his memory and a fine painting, the visitor cannot help but admire the chancel window where he is represented.

There are few churches dedicated to Saint Clement within the diocese of Poitiers. When and why the church in Chasseneuil was dedicated to him remains a mystery but one explanation could be that the emperor Charlemagne named it thus.

IN LOCAL, ORAL TRADITION, THE STATUE OF SAINT PETER BECOMES THAT OF SAINT BRAILLOU

Saint Peter played a prominent role amongst Christ’s 12 apostles. He was martyred in Rome in 69A.D. (his Feast Day is June 29th)

In Saint Clement’s church, his statue also goes by the name of Saint Braillou.

In the patois of this area, a “braillou” is a bawling child. When a child cried or bawled too much for his parents’ ears, they took him to the statue; it was deemed to have a calming effect on children….

The belief has long since disappeared, not so the bawling children!

SAINT RADEGONDE, PATRON SAINT OF POITOU.

Saint Radegonde plays an important role in the diocese of Poitiers.

On entering the church, the altar to the right is dedicated to Saint Radegonde; she was both a nun and queen of the Franks upon her wedding to Clothaire 1st. It was she who founded the first nunnery in the Western world, in Poitiers, in the 6th century. Despite her living as a nun for many years at the Holy Cross monastery in nearby St. Benoît, her tomb is in Saint Radegonde’s church in Poitiers.

Her Feast Day falls on August 13th, the date of her death in 587A.D.

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