Friday, January 15, 2010

Pope St. Eutychian of Rome

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Pope St. Eutychian of Rome, the 26th successor of the glorious martyr St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, was born in Tuscany{1} to Marinus,{2} and ruled from January 7, 275 until his death from natural causes{3} on December 7, 283.{4} Pope St. Eutychian was the last pope interred in the papal crypt in the Catacomb of St. Callistus,{5} where a fragment of his epitaph reads "EUTYCHIANOS EPIS(KOPOS)."{6} His feast day is December 8.{7}

O wise shepherd and Vicar of Christ, Pope St. Eutychian of Rome, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, so that we may join you in Heavenly bliss after a long and fruitful life. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Notes & References
{1} According to the Liber Pontificalis. Weltin, E. G. "Eutychian, Pope, St." New Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 461. 15 vols. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Fordham University Libraries. 19 Dec. 2009.
{2} According to the Liber Pontificalis. Ibid.
{3} He listed in the fourth century Roman Calendar under "Depositio Episcoporum," rather than in the list of martyrs. Kirsch, Johann Peter. "Pope St. Eutychianus." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. 10 Dec. 2009 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05638a.htm>.
{4} Weltin, loc. cit.
{5} "Eutychian, St." The Oxford Dictionary of Popes. J. N. D. Kelly. with new material by Michael Walsh. Oxford University Press, 2006. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Fordham University. 15 January 2010 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t99.e29>.
{6} Kirsch, loc. cit.
{7} See the Roman Martyrology for December 8.

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