Book of Saints – Fabian

detail of a stained glass window of Pope Saint Fabian; artist unknown, date unknown; choir loft, church of Saint-Gratien, Haussaire, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France; photographed on 6 August 2012 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Pope, Martyr (January 20) (3rd century) A Roman who, while yet a layman, was by a sign from Heaven pointed out as the successor of Saint Antherus (A.D. 236) in Saint Peter’s Chair. This “incomparable man,” as Saint Cyprian styles him, did much for Ecclesiastical discipline, repressed the rigorism of certain heretics of his time, and called to account the famous Origen. He beautified the shrines of the Roman Martyrs, and was himself one of the victims of the Decian persecution (A.D. 250). To Saint Fabian is attributed the Holy Thursday rite of Consecration of the Holy Oils; also by some the alleged Baptism of the Emperor Philip.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Fabian”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 June 2017. Web. 23 February 2019. <>