Feast Day: September 23
Pope St. Linus was born at Volterra in Tuscany, and was the first to succeed St. Peter in the government of the Church. His faith and holiness were so great that he not only cast out devils, but even raised the dead to life.
He wrote of the acts of St. Peter, and in particular what he had done against Simon Magus. He decreed that no woman should enter a church with her head uncovered. On account of his constancy in confessing the Christian faith, this Pontiff was beheaded by command of Saturninus, a wicked and ungrateful ex-consul, whose daughter St. Linus had delivered from the tyranny of the devils. He was buried at the Vatican, near the sepulcher of the prince of the apostles, St. Peter.
St. Linus governed the Church eleven years, two months, and twenty-three days. In two ordinations in the month of December he consecrated fifteen bishops and eighteen priests.
The lives of the first Vicars of Christ are buried in a mysterious obscurity; just as the foundations of a monument built to defy the ravages of time are concealed from view. To be the supports of the everlasting Church is a sufficient glory: sufficient to justify our confidence in them, and to awaken our gratitude.
Saint Linus, who was most humble and gentle, was the first Pontiff to be laid to rest beside St. Peter in the Vatican crypts.
This article was taken from the book The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Guéranger, O.S.B. This book, along with other books on saints, is available from www.fatimashoppe.org.
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