St. Alexander I, Pope of Rome
Pope from c. 107 to c. 116, St. Alexander was a Roman and is said to have
been a student of Pliny the Younger. Little is known about Alexander,
although legends say that he converted his jailer, St. Quirinus, and his
daughter, St. Balbina. Alexander is also supposed to have introduced the
custom of blessing houses with salt and water, although modern scholars
say this is a pagan custom. He is also supposed to have introduced the
commemoration of the Last Supper into the mass, although scholars say this
is an anachronism. The story that he was beheaded under Trajan or Hadrian
is thought to be a confusion of the pope with a martyr named Alexander.
Karen Rae Keck
- ALLEGED WORKS: Almost certainly spurious.
- Epistolæ 1-2 et decretum.
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