7. St. Sixtus I 116-125


Pope Sixtus,or wait,is his name Xystus? The earliest texts refer to Pope Sixtus(and the next three Popes named Sixtus),as Pope Xystus. Xystus is derived from a Greek word meaning “shaved”,or “Polished”. Was he baldheaded? Clean-shaven? Was this just a term used to describe a Bishop whose name has been lost to time? The name Sixtus sounds fishy also. He’s the sixth Bishop of Rome after Peter sooooo,yeah,I’m guessing he’s got a made up name. Anyways,Pope Sixtus I is credited with several things,like allowing only the sacred ministers to touch the sacred vessels,like the gold cup that holds the sacred wine. He also introduced to the Mass the Sanctus,which goes “Holy,Holy,Holy,Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest,Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest”. Praising our Lord in the highest,in my favorite hymn during Mass(the word Hosanna just begs to be sang loudly),all due to our man Xystus. I mean Sixtus. Potato Potahto……


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