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Saint Zephyrinus
Saint Zephyrinus

Saint Zephyrinus

Feast Day
Dec 20, 2012
<p>St. Zephyrinus was born in Rome, and was the bishop of Rome, Pope St. Zephyrinus from 199 &ndash; 217.&nbsp; He was preceded by Pope Victor I, and was succeeded by Pope Callixtus I.&nbsp;&nbsp; During his seventeen-year pontificate, the young Church endured severe persecution under the Emperor Severus, until he died in 211.&nbsp; St. Zephyrinus was the support for his flock during these terrible times for the early Church.&nbsp; He also endured the trials associated with the new heresies and apostasies.&nbsp; Some of these were Marcion, Praxeas, Valentine and Montanists.&nbsp; Pope Zephyrinus subdued many of these heresies.&nbsp; Many times he was treated with contempt for vigorously fighting against blasphemies, but later was called to be a great defender of the divinity of Christ.&nbsp; Although he was not physically martyred for the faith, his suffering mentally and spiritually during his pontificate have earned him the title of martyr.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the reign of the Emperor Severus, relations with the young Christian Church deteriorated.&nbsp; The edict of persecution appeared which forbade conversion to Christianity under the severest penalties.&nbsp; The feast of St. Zephyrinus, both Pope and Martyr, is held on December 20<sup>th</sup>, the date of his death.&nbsp;</p> <h1><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Practical Take Away</strong></span></h1> <p>St. Zephyrinus was an early Pope of our Church, and spent his papacy defending the faith and fighting heresies.&nbsp; His life shows us the many struggles that our early Church fathers had to deal with.&nbsp; Without their heroic defending of our faith and the constant fighting of heresies, we would not be able to practice the faith that you and I know today.&nbsp; We owe a debt of gratitude to our Church Triumphant for their great sacrifices and diligence in defending the faith.&nbsp;</p>