New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Alexander I

statue of Pope Saint Alexander I, 1864 by E Amadori; Porta Pia, Rome, Italy; photographed on 14 January 2015 by Livioandronico2013; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Reigned c.106 to 115. Probably born in Rome, Italy; died there. He was the fifth successor of Saint Peter. As commemorated in the ninth lesson of Nocturn for his feast, he inserted in the Canon of the Mass the words commemorative of the institution of the Eucharist beginning “Qui pridie,” introduced the use of holy water for blessing Christian homes, and suffered martyrdom. He is represented with his chest pierced with nails or spikes. Feast, Roman Calendar, 3 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Alexander I”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2010. Web. 21 September 2021. <>