St. Sergius was born into a Syrian family who live in Palermo and was educated at the Roman choir school. Before being elected pope in 687, he was the titular priest of Sta. Susanna. At the same time, in other places in Rome, the archpriest Theodore and the archdeacon Paschal were elected pope. Theodore soon acknowledged Sergius' election, but Paschal, with the backing of the exarch, maintained that he was the pope. Sergius' supporters stormed the Lateran to consecrate him. Paschal called on the exarch, who came to Rome to settle the controversy. He eventually approved Sergius' election in return for the payment of a bribe that Paschal had promised. Sergius refused to endorse the Quintisext Council, which he saw as inimicable to Roman practices. He saved a representative of Justinian II from a Roman mob. He introduced the use of solemn processions in the feasts associated with the Theotokos, and he began the practice of singing Agnus Dei during the mass. He also inaugurated the feast of the exaltation of the cross. Sergius died in 701.
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
The foremost Greek hymnographer, known as the Melodist because of the thousand compositions which are attributed to him. A native of Syria, he was of Jewish descent and became a deacon in the ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes