44. Pope St.Sixtus III 432-440


Pope Sixtus III was a Roman born man who continued the work of his predecessor Pope Celestine. This work mainly consisted of battling heresies;The early Popes are always seeming to do nothing but battle heresies. The Church was still locking down official doctrine and having members go off with their own ideas about what or who Jesus and Mary were was just not productive to the Church body. Sixtus was mostly remembered for his work in rebuilding what he could of Rome after it had been invaded and sacked some 30 years earlier. He restored the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore,which still stands today,he built the Basilica of Santa Sabrina and he accepted gifts from the emperor for St Peter’s and the Lateran palace. He also built the very first monastery in Rome. Sixtus was a pen pal of Doctor of the Church St.Augustine so that’s something to hang his Pope hat on. His feast day is March 28th.


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……