Pius X was pope from 1903 to 1914. He is remembered for his liturgical and canonical reforms rather than for any contribution to world peace or Church unity. Pius’s family was very poor. Pius X was trained for the priesthood and then became a parish priest in Venice, where he stayed until 1875. After, he became canon at Treviso Cathedral and superior of Treviso Seminary. He was elected pope on Aug. 4, 1903.
Pius X is the patron saint of pilgrims and First Communicants. His feast day is on August 21st. Additionally, he is also celebrated as the “Pope of the Blessed Sacrament.” 11 years after Pius X was elected pope, he died of a heart attack on August 20th, 1914.
Glorious Pope of the Eucharist, Saint Pius X, you sought "to restore all things in Christ." Obtain for me a true love of Jesus so that I may live only for Him. Help me to acquire a lively fervor and a sincere will to strive for sanctity of life, and that I may avail myself of the riches of the Holy Eucharist in sacrifice and sacrament. By your love for Mary, mother and queen of all, inflame my heart with tender devotion to her.
Blessed model of the priesthood, obtain for us holy, dedicated priests, and increase vocations to the religious life. Dispel confusion and hatred and anxiety, and incline our hearts to peace and concord. so that all nations will place themselves under the sweet reign of Christ. Amen.
Saint Pius X, pray for me.
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