Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.
Pope And Martyr.
Feast Day 13 July.
Date: Circa 1850.
"At Rome," says The Roman Martyrology, "The Feast of Saint Anacletus, Pope and Martyr, who governed The Church of God and honoured it by his illustrious Martyrdom."
Participating in the fullness of The Priesthood of Christ (Introit, Alleluia), Offertory), this Holy Pontiff also shared in His sufferings (Epistle). Head of The Church, he trembled not before the prince of this World, and became one of the Foundation Stones of The Church in the 1st-Century A.D. (Gospel).
He decreed that all Bishops should be Consecrated by three Bishops, at least; that Clerics should be publicly Ordained by their own Bishop, and, at their Mass of Ordination, they should all receive Holy Communion.
He received The Crown of Martyrdom (Communion), after having occupied The Holy See for about ten years, and was buried on The Vatican Hill in 112 A.D.