Saint of the Day ~ October 26

SAINT EVARISTUS (?-108), pope and martyr

Today, the Church honors Saint Evaristus, the fourth successor to Saint Peter whose pontificate lasted for nine years from the death of Saint Clement I in the year 99 to his own death in 108.

As is oftentimes the case, there are some saints during the first few centuries of the Church about whom we have very little documented information. Saint Evaristus is such an example. What we do know, however, is that he was the son of a Greek Jew, whose father originally came from Bethlehem.

During his pontificate, Saint Evaristus ordained several bishops, priests and deacons. In the Liber Pontificalis (Pontifical Book), it states that he clarified the functions of deacons in the Church and ordained seven deacons to assist the Bishop of Rome in the distribution of alms (assistance to the poor). It also states that he received the crown of martyrdom under the Roman emperor, Trajan, and was buried near the body of Saint Peter in the Vatican.

We commemorate his feastday on October 26.

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(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Pastors ~ pope)

“All-powerful and Ever-living God, You called Saint Evaristus to guide Your people by his word and example. With him, we pray to You: watch over the pastors of Your Church with the people entrusted to their care, and lead them to salvation.

“We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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