Feast of Sixtus II and His Companions (August 7)   Leave a comment

Martyrs; died in 258

St. Sixtus II was the Bishop of Rome from August 257 to August 258.  In that capacity he reconciled with African and Eastern Orthodox churches regarding baptism by heretical sects.  He accepted these baptisms so long as they included the Trinitarian formula.

St. Sixtus II and his companions met their martyrdom during a persecution by the Roman Emperor Valerian I, who ordered the summary execution of bishops, priests, and deacons.  The bishop and six deacons–Januarius, Vincentius, Magnus, Stephanus, Felicissimus, and Agapitus–died on the same day.  St. Laurence the Deacon died a few days later.


Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth.  Inspire us with the memory of Sixtus II and his companions, whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives to your Son’s victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 20:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9-11

Mark 8:34-38


Posted January 29, 2010 by neatnik2009 in August, Saints of the 200s

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