Pope St. Eutychianus
He succeeded Pope Felix I a few days after the latter's death, and governed
the Church from January, 275, until 7 December, 283. We know no details of his
pontificate. The rite for blessing the produce of the fields, ascribed to him by
Liber Pontificalis, undoubtedly belongs to a later period. The statement
also that he promulgated rules for the burial of martyrs and buried many of them
with his own hands, has but slight claim to acceptance, since after the death of
Aurelian (275) the Church enjoyed a long respite from persecution. It is highly
probable that Eutychianus died not die a martyr. The fourth-century Roman
Calendar mentions him (8 December) in the
Depositio Episcoporum, but not in
its list of martyrs. His remains were placed in the papal chapel in the Catacomb
of Callistus. When this famous crypt was discovered the fragments of the epitaph
of Eutychianus were found, i.e. his name (in Greek letters): EUTYCHIANOS
EPIS(KOPOS). His feast is celebrated on 8 December.
DUCHESNE (ed.), Liber Pontificalis, I, 159; DE ROSSI, Roma sotterranea, II (Rome, 1867), 70-72.
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