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Gelasius I, Pope (Feast day - November 21) Gelasius was born in Rome, in the fifth century, the son
of an African named Valerius. Later, ordained a priest, he was elected Pope on March 1st, 492.
Gelasius had a reputation for learning, justice, holiness, and charity. However, he was
burdened with difficulties caused by a conflict with Euphemius, the Patriarch of Constantinople,
over the Acacian heresy. He also protested the encroachments by Constantinople on Alexandria and
Antioch. Gelasius was influential in setting aside Roman pagan festivals. Moreover, in opposition to
the Manichaeans, he ordered reception of the Eucharist under both species. Gelasius is known to have
composed liturgical Prefaces and Orations for Sacramentaries, which may be part of the Leonine
Sacramentary. However, he had nothing to do with the Gelasian Sacramentary or the Gelasian Decree
(listing the Canonical books of the Bible) - which have been erroneously attributed to him. He died
at Rome on November 21, 496.
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