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 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

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Alexander I“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 27 October 2021. <>