Maximin was the first Bishop of Aix. There are still numerous memorials to him and Mary Magdalene in that area.
One of the most important documents telling of Mary Magdalene’s life was written by Maurus Rabanus, Arch-bishop of Mayence [Mainz][lived from 776-856 A.D.]. His manuscript was titled Life of Mary Magdalene. It is owned by Oxford University, England, preserved in the College Library bearing her name, the Magdalene College Library.
Rabanus confirmed all the other documents. He wrote:
“Therefore the chief, St. Maximus, the blessed Parmenas, the arch deacon Trophimus and Eutropius, bishops and the rest of the leaders of his Christian warfare, together with the God-renowned Mary Magdalene and her sister, the most blessed Martha, departed by way of the sea … They came near to the city of Marseilles, in the Vienoise province of the Gauls [French], where the river Rhone is received by the sea. They having called upon God, the great King of all the world, they parted, each company going to the province where the Holy Spirit had directed them, presently preaching everywhere, ‘the Lord with them,’ and confirmed the Word with signs following” (IBID, p. 166).
Most of the French Bishoprics were founded by the companions of Joseph of Arimathea from the Isles of Avalon in Britain. Sidonis, Saturninus, and Cleon all taught in Gaul [France] for awhile, then they returned to Britain. Martial reportedly never left Avalon, as he was Joseph’s right hand man, and taught new converts of the Isle (Old French Cantique refers to Europe et Martial, Sidonie avec Joseph as reported in George F. Jowett, The Drama of the Lost Disciples, Covenant Publishing Co. LTD, London, England, p. 167). Also mentioned in this manuscript were his parents, Marcellus and Elizabeth, along with Zacchaeus. Others from Judea arrived in Britain to join Joseph at the ingathering of saints in Britain under the protection of the Royal Silurian kings – as PLANNED by Jesus Christ, the only Head of the church.
Parmena, who accompanied Maximin, Eutropius and Trophimus into Gaul from Britain, was a disciple of Joseph of Arimathea. He was appointed the first Bishop of Avignon. Drennalus was also a disciple of Joseph. He first went to Gaul with Joseph to found the church at Morlaix. Joseph then appointed Drennalus as the first Bishop of Treguier.
Three of Avalon’s missionaries were responsible for founding churches in Gaul [France], Helvetia [Switzerland] and Lotharingia. Beatus, who founded the church in Helvetia, was baptized by Barnabas and educated in scripture at Avalon under the instruction of Joseph. Barnabas is recorded in scripture as Joses, the Levite, whose name was changed to Barnabas, meaning “Son of Consolation.” This is the same Barnabas who, with Paul, founded the church at Antioch in 43 A.D. Barnabas joined with Paul, Joseph and his brother, Aristobulus, to expand the church in Britain, particularly in Wales. Aristobulus was martyred, after which three more excursions into Britain were made. One of those resulted in the baptism of Beatus, who years later founded the church in Helvetia [Switzerland]. Before Beatus left Britain, he disposed of his wealth and used the money to ransom saints from prisons. He made his headquarters at Underseven [Unterseen] on Lake Thun. He built hospitals and churches in Helvetia [Switzerland], and the work went on for centuries under the leadership of his converts. He finally died in a cell in 96 A.D. This ancient cell has been preserved and can be seen to this day on Lake Thun. He is mentioned for his great work in Roman Martyrologies.
Another who graduated from Avalon was Mansuetus. He went to Glastonbury [Avalon] from Hiberna [Ireland] where he had been born into Celtic aristocracy. His evangelistic career was notable. He came to Avalon three years before Emperor Claudius’ war campaigns began. Mansuetus was converted and baptized by Joseph in 40 A.D. While at Avalon, he formed a great friendship with Clement and Peter. Peter was one of the original twelve disciples who became Apostles and found it necessary to seek safe sanctuary in Britain in 44 A.D. Mansuetus later went to Rome with Clement, then to Gaul where he founded the Lotharingian Church. He was ordained as the first Bishop of the Lotharingian Church in 49 A.D. (Cardinal Alford, Regia Fides Britannica). He also founded the church at Lorraine.
(To be continued)