The Memorial of Pope Saint Marcellus I
Pope Saint Marcellus I is the Patron Saint of Stablemen
Pope Saint Marcellus I Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Popes who became Saints
Pope Saint Marcellus I brief life History
|Date of Birth||255 AD|
|Country of Birth||Italy in Europe|
|Profession||Pope and Bishop of Rome|
|Place of Work||Rome, Italy|
|Date of Death||16 January 309 (aged 54)|
|Place of Death||Rome, Roman Empire|
|Feast Day||16 January|
|Patron Saint of||Stablemen|
Pope Saint Marcellus I Short life History
Pope Saint Marcellus I is also known as Marcel, Marcelo
Nothing of his life before the papacy has survived the centuries. Pope at the end of the persecutions of Diocletian; the persecutions had so disrupted the Church that there had been a gap of over a year with no Pope.
He Faced reconstituting the clergy which had been decimated and whose remnant had practiced their vocation covertly and with the expectation of martyrdom.
He worked to recover and welcome back those who had denied the faith to keep from being murdered.
When a group of the apostacized, known as the Lapsi, refused to do penance, Marcellus refused to allow their return to the Church. This group had some political pull, and some caused such civil disruption that Emperor Maxentius exiled the Pope in order to settle the matter.
Legend says that Marcellus was forced to work as a stable slave as punishment, but this appears to be fiction. Considered a martyr as he died of the terrible conditions he suffered in exile.
He became pope on May-June 308.
He died in 309 AD. Initially he was buried in the cemetery of Saint Priscilla in Rome, Italy. The relics were later translated to beneath the altar of San Marcello al Corso church in Rome where they remain today.
Today’s Pope Saint Marcellus I Feast Day Quote:
His Representation is pope with a donkey or horse nearby and pope standing in a stable