Book of Saints – Pope Gelasius

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

(Saint) Pope (November 21) (5th century) Roman-born but of African descent, Saint Gelasius succeeded Saint Felix III in the Chair of Saint Peter (A.D. 492). He corrected and in the end converted Euphemius, Bishop of Constantinople, a favourer of the Eutychian heretics and vigorously asserted the rights of the Holy See. He abolished the heathen festival of the Lupercalia, and otherwise repressed evil living. He was a very learned man, and the Roman Liturgy owes much to him. The famous Sacramentary which goes under his name contains much that is really due to his talent and research; and he may be said to have finally fixed the Canon or Order of Books of Holy Scripture. He repressed the Manichaeans by compelling the laity to receive Holy Communion under both kinds, made other useful disciplinary laws, and has left us valuable writings. He died November 21, A.D. 496.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Pope Gelasius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 May 2016. Web. 20 September 2021. <>