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Saint Sylvester I

Saint Sylvester I

Feast Day
Dec 31, 2012
Sylvestrine Benedictines
<p>St. Sylvester I served as Pope from January 31, 314 to December 31, 335.&nbsp;&nbsp; He filled the seat of Peter at an important time in the history of the Catholic Church, yet very little is known about him.&nbsp; Most records we have of him come from the Liber Pontificalis, from the 7<sup>th</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> centuries.&nbsp; We also know that he was the son of a Roman named Rufinus.&nbsp; During his Pontificate, many of the great Churches founded at Rome by Constantine were built.&nbsp; Some being the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, St. Peter&rsquo;s Basilica, and several Cemeterial Churches that were built over the graves of martyrs.&nbsp;</p> <p>St. Sylvester did not himself attend the First Council of Nicaea in 325, but two legates, Vitus and Vincentius, represented him and he approved the council&rsquo;s decision.&nbsp; There is an apocryphal account of an alleged Roman Council, including legends of Sylvester&rsquo;s close relationship with the first Christian Emperor, Emperor Constantine.&nbsp; These also appear in the &ldquo;Donation of Constantine&rdquo;, showing the very close friendship and working relationship between Constantine and St. Sylvester.&nbsp; We also know that he died on December 31, 335.&nbsp; The Church celebrates his Feast Day on December 31<sup>st</sup>.&nbsp;</p> <h1><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Practical Take Away</strong></span></h1> <p>St. Sylvester I was a Pope in the early Church.&nbsp; He was a close friend with the first Christian Emperor, Constantine and they had not only a personal relationship, but also a close professional relationship.&nbsp; He was responsible for many of the great Churches in Rome that were built during his reign as Pope.&nbsp; One of the famous Churches that were built in his Pontificate was St. Peter&rsquo;s Basilica.&nbsp; It is in studying the lives of these great Church leaders that we come to appreciate the efforts they made to leave onto us, the faith we have today.&nbsp;</p>