Catholic Saints

Saint Sylvester

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  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Sylvester
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  • Date of Birth and Death
  • Important Dates surrounding the life of Saint Sylvester
  • Life History, Story, Biography, Myths and Legends
  • Description / Title of the Saint : Pope

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Sylvester

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  • Memorial Day / Feast Day of Saint Sylvester: December 31
  • Description / Title of the Saint : Pope
  • Date of Death: Saint Sylvester died 335

The Story and History of Saint Sylvester

The story and history of Saint Sylvester. Sylvester was born in Rome toward the close of the third century. He was a young priest when the persecution of the Christians broke out under the tyrant Diocletian.

Idols were erected at the corners of the streets, in the market-places, and over the public fountains, so that it was scarcely possible for a Christian to go abroad without being put to the test of offering sacrifice, with the alternative of apostasy or death. During this fiery trial, Sylvester strengthened the confessors and martyrs, God preserving his life from many dangers. In 312 a new era set in. Constantine, having triumphed under the " standard of the Cross," declared himself the protector of the Christians, and built them splendid churches. At this juncture Sylvester was elected to the chair of Peter, and was thus the first of the Roman Pontiffs to rule the flock of Christ in security and peace. He profited by these blessings to renew the discipline of the Church, and in two great Councils confirmed her sacred truths. In the Council of Arles he condemned the schism of the Donatists; and in that of Nica, the first general Council of the Church, he dealt Arianism its death-blow by declaring that Jesus Christ is the true and very God. Sylvester died A. D. 335.

Feast Day of Saint Sylvester

The Feast Day of Saint Sylvester is December 31. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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