Saturday, August 12, 2006
Pope St. Sixtus I

Pope St. Sixtus (also spelled Xystus) I was the seventh pope of the Holy Catholic Church from c. 119 - c. 127 AD. He was born in Rome. According to the Liber Pontificalis , he passed the following three ordinances:
  1. No one except the sacred ministers are allowed to touch the sacred vessels (chalice, paten, etc)
  2. Bishops who have been summoned to the Holy See shall, upon their return, not be received by their diocese except on presenting Apostolic letters;
  3. After the Preface in the Mass the priest shall recite the Sanctus with the people.
He is said to have been a martyr, and his feastday is April 6th. He was buried beside the tomb of St. Peter; however, his relics were apparently transferred to Alatri in 1132. He is not the Sixtus mentioned in the Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer) - that is Pope St. Sixtus II.

2 comment(s):

del_button August 12, 2006 at 2:27 PM
Anonymous said...

I have a funny story about the name, "Sixtus." I hope you also find it humerous.

When I go out and eat with groups of friends, usually I'm the one that has who talks to the Host(ess). My goal, then, is to come up with the strangest name and say it with a straight face -- all part of my strange sarcasm. So, the host asked me how many and,

"What name would you like to put it under?"

I reply,


He leans in and cocks his head a tad and replies with a thick southern accent,


"Yes, Sixtus. Sorry, my mom named me after one of the first popes. People call me 'Sixy'."

"Ummm, okay. . . your table will be ready soon."

"Thank you."

del_button August 12, 2006 at 3:44 PM
Matthew said...

That is funny

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