Monday, 14 October 2013

St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr

Happy Feast!

From the St. Andrew Daily Missal (1962 Edition):-

St. Callistus I (217-222*) was one of the great popes of the Third Century. As a deacon, he was charged with the administration of the Church's property and with gathering together the bodies of the martyrs; he organised the famous cemetery on the Appian Way, called after him San Callisto, which has made his name familiar. As pope, he regulated the discipline of the Sacrament of Penance, and had to face the schism of Hippolytus. He was probably killed in a populr insurrection and has been honoured as martyr since the Seventh Century."
*Presumably the dates of his pontificate. 
Sancte Calliste, ora pro nobis.

1 comment:

  1. Thank You, Matthaeus, for this most interesting Post.

    My Saint Andrew Daily Missal (1945 Edition) adds the following to your information: Pope Saint Callistus I, a Roman by birth, succeeded Pope Saint Zephyrinus in 217 A.D. and was responsible for instituting Ember Day Feasts.

    in Domino


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