Born: Circa 340, Augusta Treverorum, in the Roman province of Gaul. Today the city of Trier, Germany, stands there.
Died: Easter Eve, 397, Milan, Italy.
Buried: Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, Milan, Italy, in a glass coffin, between the martyrs Gervasius and Protais.
Ambrose was a Roman citizen, son of a Roman prefect in Gallia Narbonensis.
At age 34, he was appointed governor of northern Italy. In 374, Ambrose was selected as bishop of Milan by popular acclaim.
His hymns first came to widespread notice in a standoff between him and Empress Justina, who had sent soldiers to arrest him.
Ambrose and his faithful flock stayed in the sanctuary of the church for days, singing and praying. The empress lost the test of wills, and Ambrose’s hymns have lived for millennia.