Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Pope St. Anacletus

Semidouble (1955 Calendar): July 13

Pope St. Anacletus was the third pope of the Holy Catholic Church who reigned c. 80 - c. 92 AD. Many sources (Eusebius, Irenaeus, and Augustine) also claim he was known by the name Cletus. He died as a martyr in Rome c. 92 AD, and his remains are in the St. Linus Church in the Vatican. His feast was sadly removed in 1960 from July 13th, although he remained jointly honored with St. Marcellinus on April 26th.

The Traditional 4th Reading at Matins on July 13th recounts his life:

Anacletus was an Athenian who governed the Church in the time of the Emperor Trajan. He ordained that a Bishop should be consecrated by three Bishops and no less, that clerks should be publicly ordained to Holy Orders by their own Bishop, and that in the Mass, after the Consecration, all should afterwards Communicate. He adorned the grave of Blessed Peter, and ordered a place for burying the Popes in. He held two ordinations in the month of December, wherein he ordained five Priests, three Deacons, and six Bishops. He sat as Pope nine years, three months, and ten days. He received the crown of his testimony, and was buried on the Vatican Hill.


O Eternal Shepherd, who appointed blessed Anacletus, shepherd of the whole Church, let the prayers of this martyr and supreme pontiff move You to look with favor upon Your flock and to keep it under Your continual protection. Through our Lord . . .

5 comment(s):

del_button August 8, 2006 at 7:20 PM
Staying in Balance said...

Ah! Is the the Cletus as in "Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus"?

del_button August 8, 2006 at 7:38 PM
Matthew said...

Yes that's him.

del_button November 3, 2007 at 7:44 AM
Anonymous said...

when was st. anacletus was born??

del_button November 5, 2007 at 7:07 PM
Matthew said...

He was allegedly born in Rome, Italy, but it is unknown when his birth occurred.

del_button November 2, 2010 at 5:37 AM
Anonymous said...

what's his real name....?

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