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Feast of Saint Anastasius I, pope

(d. 401 A.D.)

Pope St. Anastasius I was a 4th century Bishop of Rome. The writings of the Church Fathers tell us that he was a distinguished Roman Christian known for his charity and holiness. He was elevated to the Chair of St. Peter in 399 A.D., succeeding Pope Siricius, and his pontificate lasted not quite four years. St. Paulinus of Nola, St. Augustine, and St. Jerome were among his friends. St. Jerome called Pope St. Anastasius “a man of very rich poverty and apostolic zeal.” He fought against heresies and heretics that threatened the doctrine of the Church, most notably a popular theologian at the time, Origen, whom he soundly condemned. Pope St. Anastasius I was known as a great Holy Father who governed the Church “with purity of life, abundance of doctrine, and perfect strictness of ecclesiastical authority.” His feast day is December 19.
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My life is at the service of the Gospel; God has given me this gift of his grace.”

Antiphon I for Evening Prayer II of the Common of Pastors in the Liturgy of the Hours
Pope Anastasius I, stained glass

 

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope
Portrait of Saint Anastasius (died in 401), pope Anastasius I from 399, painting by Giuseppe Franchi (1565-1627 o 1628), oil on canvas.

Pope Saint Anastasius I, defender of orthodoxy, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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