Saints in the Roman Canon (Part 17)

In the Roman Canon, after all of the Popes are named, we find the Bishop Cyprian.

St. Cyprian was born in the beginning of the third century at Carthage. He was of distinguished rank, rich, very talented, and very well educated.  Only in a more mature age was he won over to the Catholic Faith; his baptism took place about the year 246. He distributed his great wealth among the poor, made a vow of perpetual chastity, and spent his time in prayer and the study of the sacred sciences.

From the very beginning of his conversion, he was adorned with brilliant virtues and uncommon graces.  How happy he regarded himself in the possession of Christian truth and grace. St. Cyprian was raised to the priesthood, and, as he was so greatly renowned for his learning and exemplary manner of life, he was promoted to the Episcopal See of Carthage in the year 248. The ten years’ episcopacy of the saint (248-258) fell during the time of the most violent persecution and of other exterior misfortunes besides.  Powerful in word and deed, St. Cyprian fulfilled, with indefatigable zeal, his pastoral duties for the salvation of the faithful confided to his care, and for the welfare of the whole Church. He worked diligently for the unity and discipline of the Church against heretics and schismatics, animated all to cheerful endurance of martyrdom, and consumed himself in the ardor of Christian charity. His life, rich in blessings, was terminated by the glorious death of a martyr. He was put to death by the sword in the public place of Carthage, on September 14, 258.

St. Cyprian, pray for us!

For the Greater Glory of God,

Fr. Matt