Pope Saint Telesphorus

Pope Saint TelesphorusAlso known as

  • Telesforo



Greek, probably from Calabria. Pope. Celebrated Easter on Sunday but maintained fellowship with communities that did not. Started the tradition of Christmas Midnight Mass, and decided that the Gloria should be sung. Some legends say he was a hermit before his election, and that he instituted the tradition of Lent, but these are doubtful. Martyred, possibly due to conversions caused by his preaching.

Papal Ascension




  • pope with a chalice over which three Hosts hover (may refer to the celebration of Christmas with three Masses said to represent the temporal, spiritual, and eternal birth of Christ)
  • pope with a chalice with a nearby club (possibly an indication of his martyrdom)

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Telesphorus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 March 2015. Web. 30 March 2015. <>