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Saint Anicetus

Pope and Martyr. 

Anicetus is said to have been a Syrian. He was raised to the Chair of Peter during the troublous times of the hereticks Valentine and Marcion in the latter part of the reign of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, and suffered greatly for the kingdom of God. For which reason he is justly styled Martyr, although it is not certainly known that he was slain for Christ. The devotion of the faithful in those days, and their perseverance under persecution, demanded that each chief pastor be a man pre-eminent in sanctity. For which reason all the early Popes were by the Church straightway numbered amongst the Saints. During his popedom Saint Polycarp come to Rome, seeking in vain a settlement of the paschal controversy, but thereof Eusebius the Historian testifieth: The bonds of charity were not broken. The Pontifical Book saith that Anicetus ruled the Church in Rome for over eight years; and that in five December ordinations he made four deacons, seventeen priests, and for various places nine bishops. He is believed to have passed to his reward on April 17th in the year 160 or thereabouts.


BE merciful to the people of thy flock, O Lord, eternal Shepherd and Bishop of the souls of men: and keep us in thy continual protection; at the intercession of thy blessed Martyr, the Holy Father Anicetus, whom thou didst raise up in thy Church to be thine under-shepherd. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1169-1170

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