Saints of the Canon – Saint Alexander

statue of Pope Saint Alexander I, 1864 by E Amadori; Porta Pia, Rome, Italy; photographed on 14 January 2015 by Livioandronico2013; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsSaint Alexander became Pope in the year 109. He made many converts in Rome. In 119, Saint Alexander, with two priest companions, Saint Eventius and Saint Theodulus, was beheaded on the Via Nomentana under the Emperor Hadrian. There is a tradition that he was a son of Saint Felicitas, the heroic mother who was martyred with her seven sons in Rome later in the middle of the second century. (This is a different Saint Felicitas from the one noted below, from Carthage.)

His relics and those of his companions now rest in the Church of Saint Sabina in Rome.

Saint Alexander prescribed water to be mixed with wine at Mass on account of the blood and water that flowed from the side of Jesus. Whenever we say the prayer on the mingling of water with wine let us ask Saint Alexander to teach us what it means. [May 3rd is the Feast of Saints Philip and James the Less, as noted earlier.]

– from The Saints of the Canon, by Monsignor John T. McMahon, M.A., Ph.D; Australian Catholic Truth Society, 1958