A Garner of Saints – Pope Saint Urban I

detail of a stained glass window, date and artist unknown; choir loft, church of Saint Peter and Saint Louis, Bédée; photographed on 6 May 2016 by GO69; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Succeeded Calixtus in 223 at a time when a fierce persecution was raging against the Christians. On the succession of Alexander, whose mother had been converted by Origen, the persecution abated somewhat, but Almachius, the governor who had beheaded St Cecilia, continued to hunt the faithful. Having discovered Urban in a cavern, where he had taken refuge in company with three priests, the governor put them all in prison. Calling the pope before him, the governor accused Urban of having seduced Valerian, Tiburtius and Cecilia, and demanded the riches of the latter. When Urban replied that the riches of Cecilia had been transported to heaven, the governor caused him to be beaten with rods, and as he and his companions remained unshaken, they were taken back to prison. Here Urban baptized three tribunes who came to him, as well as the gaoler, who was afterwards beheaded for the faith. Urban and his companions were next brought before the idols and commanded to sacrifice, but as the holy man prayed the idol fell down and crushed twenty-two priests who were maintaining the sacred fire. Upon this the martyrs were beaten, but making the sign of the cross, they spat upon the idol, and having given one another the kiss of peace, they were led away to die. Immediately Carpasius, who had arrested them, was seized by a devil and strangled, blaspheming his gods. On seeing this his wife and all his household were baptized by the priest Fortunatus, and they gave the bodies of the martyrs honourable burial. 25th May.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Pope Saint Urban I”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 April 2017. Web. 21 February 2019. <>