St. Julius, Pope

St. Julius I, pray for us!

St. Julius I, pray for us!

St. Julius whose feast day is April 12th. Julius was the son of a Roman named Rusticus. He was elected Pope to succeed Pope St. Mark on February 6, 337. Julius was soon involved in the Arian controversy when Eusebius of Nicomedia opposed the return of Athanasius to the See of Alexandria in 338. Eusebius and his followers elected George, whereupon the Arians elected Pistus. Julius convened a synod in Rome in 340 or 341 that neither group attended, and in a letter to the Eusebian bishops, Julius declared that Athanasius was the rightful bishop of Alexandria and reinstated him. The matter was not finally settled until the Council of Sardica(Sofia), summoned by emperors Constans and Constantius in 342 or 343, declared Julius’ action correct and that any deposed bishop had the right of appeal to the Pope in Rome. Julius built several basilicas and churches in Rome and died there on April 12.

REFLECTION:

How do we response to the call of God in our lives when he speaks to us through the silence of our hearts?

PRAYER:

All-powerful and ever living God, you called Saint Julius to guide your people
by his word and example.  With him we pray to you: watch over the pastors of your Church with the people entrusted to their care and lead them to salvation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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