Monday, April 19, 2004

Alexander I, Saint

Fifth pope after St. Peter and successor to St. Evaristus. His 10-year rule (105 - 115 or 109 - 119) is attested by Pope St. Eusebius (309/310). Some Catholic writers ascribe to him the introduction of holy water and the custom of mixing sacramental wine with water, and he may have made additions to the liturgy. It is believed he suffered martyrdom, possibly by decapitation, under the


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