Alexander I was born
to a noble Roman family, and although Pope Alexander I ruled during a tranquil
time, he is known for his legendary battles with the Gnostic heretics.
introduced holy water and also the blessing of houses with water purified with
salt to ward off evil spirits.
Alexander I is said to have been beheaded on a road outside Rome named
Via Nomentana. Others claim that another man named Alexander was
the martyr on that day.
Alexander I's feast
day is May 3.