Sixtus of Reims

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Saint Sixtus of Reims
Bishop
Died ~300 AD
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Feast September 1

Saint Sixtus of Reims (French: Sixte de Reims) (died c. 300) is considered the first bishop of Reims.[1] According to Hincmar,[2] a 9th-century archbishop of Reims, Sixtus was sent from Rome by Pope Sixtus II to Gaul to assist in Christianizing the region.[3] Another tradition makes him, anachronistically, the disciple of Saint Peter.[4] According to tradition, Sixtus of Reims, along with his companion St. Sinicius (Sinice), established the Christian sees of Reims and Soissons.[3] Sinicius would later succeed Sixtus as bishop of Reims.[5] According to one source, “it would appear that Sixtus did not die as a martyr, despite the severity of the persecution during the era.”[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Our Sunday Visitor's encyclopedia of saints (Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2003), 762.
  2. ^ "Histoire de l'Église de Reims". HISTOIRE DE L'ÉGLISE DE REIMS. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Clovis Poussin, Monographie de l'abbaye et de l'église de St.-Remi de Reims, précédée d'une notice sur le saint apôtre des Francs d'après Flodoard (Lemoine-Canart, 1857), 1-2.
  4. ^ William M. Hinkle, The portal of the saints of Reims Cathedral: a study in mediaeval iconography. Volume 13 of Monographs on archaeology and fine arts (College Art Association of America in conjunction with the Art bulletin, 1965), 10.
  5. ^ Alban Butler, The lives of the fathers, martyrs, and other principal saints, Volume 10. (Duffy, 1845), 10.