Book of Saints – Eutychianus

detail of a bas-relief portrait medallion of Pope Saint Eutychian, date and artist unknown; Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, ItalyArticle

EUTYCHIANUS (Saint) Pope, Martyr (December 8) (3rd century) A native of Etruria or Tuscany, who in A.D. 275 succeeded Saint Felix I in the Chair of Saint Peter. He had great veneration for the remains of the Martyrs, and is said to have interred several hundreds of them with his own hands. He appointed or revived the now obsolete custom of blessing grapes and other fruits at the end of the Canon of the Mass. He passed away in the reign of Probus or soon after (A.D. 283, perhaps); but there is some dispute as to precise dates. The marble slab covering his tomb in the Catacombs of Saint Callistus has in modern times been brought to light. The Church honours him as a Martyr.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Eutychianus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 25 November 2020. <>