Pope Saint Alexander I

detail of a stained glass window of Pope Saint Alexander I, date unknown, artist unknown; church of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Clichy, France; photographed on 28 March 2011 by GFreihalter; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Alessandro I



Roman citizen. Pope in the reign of Emperor Trajan. Baptized Saint Balbina of Rome. He inserted in the Canon of the Mass the words commemorative of the institution of the Eucharist beginning “Qui pridie”. Introduced the use of blessing water mixed with salt for the purification of Christian homes from evil influences. Martyr. While in prison awaiting execution, he converted the criminals who became the Martyrs of Ostia.


Papal Ascension

  • between 106 and 109 (sources vary)




  • man with his chest pierced with nails or spikes
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Alexander I“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 April 2015. Web. 4 October 2015. <>