Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
Pope Pius I.
Saint and Martyr.
Feast Day 11 July.
Pope Saint Pius I.
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He prescribed that The Feast of The Resurrection should only be kept on a Sunday, which, thenceforth, became the Chief of all Sundays.
Pope Saint Pius I established a Baptistry in the house which Saint Pudentiana and Saint Praxedes had placed at his disposal, and where their father, the Senator Pudens, had already received Saint Peter.
To fulfill his Office of Good Shepherd, he feared not to renounce his own life (Gospel), and endured many hardships, which hastened his end, for his Sheep and for Christ, the Supreme Pastor [Third Lesson at Matins].
He received, at the same time as The Crown of Martyrdom, The Crown of Life that God has promised to those who love Him (Epistle), and was buried in 150 A.D., on the Vatican Hill.
Mass of a Martyr: Státuit.
Pope Saint Pius I (died Circa 154 A.D.) was the Bishop of Rome from Circa 140 A.D., to his death, Circa 154 A.D., according to the Annuario Pontificio.
Pope Saint Pius I is believed to have been born at Aquileia, in Northern Italy, during the Late-1st-Century A.D. His father was called "Rufinus", who was also said to be of Aquileia, according to The Liber Pontificalis.
It is stated in the 2nd-Century A.D. Muratorian Canon, as well as in The Liberian Catalogue, that he was the brother of Hermas, author of the Text known as The Shepherd of Hermas. The writer of that Text identifies himself as a former slave. This has led to speculation that both Hermas and Pius were Freedmen.
Pope Saint Pius I endured many hardships during his reign. The fact that Saint Justin taught Christian Doctrine in Rome, during the Pontificate of Saint Pius I, and that the Heretics, Valentinus, Cerdon, and Marcion, visited Rome at the same time, is an argument for the Primacy of The Roman See during the 2nd-Century A.D. Pope Saint Pius I opposed the Valentinians and Gnostics, under Marcion, whom he excommunicated.