Sunday, March 23, 2014

St Alexander I Sixth Pope

St Alexander I was the sixth Pope serving from 105 to 115. He was born in Rome although his date of birth is unknown. Alexander is credited with inserting the canon of the Qui Pridie which are the words of the institution for the Eucharist. He is also attributed with introducing the use of blessed water mixed with salt to purify Christian homes and ward off evil. There are some indications he was a martyr as he may have been executed by beheading. That would have made him possibly the third Pope to be executed under the reign of Roman Emperor Trajan. His Feast day is May 3rd.

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