Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Pope Saint Urban I. Martyr. Feast Day 25 May.

Text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Urban I.
Pope and Martyr.
Feast Day 25 May.


Red Vestments.

English: Pope Saint Urban I
(Papacy 222 A.D. - 230 A.D.),
wearing The Papal Tiara.
Polski: Pomnik świętego Urbana w Cieszowej.
Photo: 12 July 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: User:Pleple2000.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Date: 12 December 2007.
Bruno Bernhard Heim, Heraldry in the Catholic Church: Its Origin, Customs and Laws (Van Duren 1978 ISBN 9780391008731), p. 54; 
Author: F l a n k e r.
(Wikimedia Commons)

This Holy Pope, whose Feast Day was yesterday, 25 May, is believed to have been the same Urban who Baptised Valerian (husband of Saint Cecilia), Tiburtius (brother of Valerian), and Maximus (their gaoler (jailer)), whom we honoured on 14 April.

Pope Saint Urban I was Martyred in 230 A.D.

Mass: Protexísti.

A 12th-Century fresco of Pope Saint Urban I
in a window embrasure in the
Church of Chalivoy-Milon, France (see, below).
Image: Julianna Lees.
(Google Images)

English: The Church in 
Chalivoy-Milon, France,
which contains a fresco of Pope Saint Urban I (see, above).
Français: Église de Chalivoy-Milon, France.
Photo: 25 August 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: ManiacParisien.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Pope Urban I (Latin: Urbanus I) was Bishop of Rome or Pope from 222 A.D. to 23 May 230 A.D. He was born in Rome and succeeded Pope Callixtus I, who had been Martyred.

Much of Urban's life is shrouded in mystery, leading to many myths and misconceptions. Despite the lack of sources, he is the first Pope whose Reign can be definitely dated. Two prominent sources do exist for Urban's Pontificate: Eusebius' History of The Early Church and also an inscription, in the Coemeterium Callisti, which names the Pope.

Urban ascended to The Chair of Saint Peter in the year of The Roman Emperor Elagabalus' assassination and served during the Reign of Alexander Severus. It is believed that Urban's Pontificate was during a peaceful time for Christians in The Empire, as Severus did not promote the persecution of Christianity.

Urban is a Canonized Saint of The Roman Catholic Church and The Eastern Orthodox Church.

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