NOVENA TO SAINT POLYCARP OF SMYRNA, BISHOP & MARTRY – DAY 6

On February 23, the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna. St. Polycarp does not have an official patronage, but he is a great saint to seek intercession from in many circumstances. You can ask St. Polycarp to pray for you if you are facing persecution for your Faith, since he endured persecution for his Faith and was ultimately martyred. Or you can ask him to pray for someone you know who is suffering persecution for their Faith. St. Polycarp is also a great saint to seek intercession from on behalf of Church leaders, since he was a holy bishop who did a lot to combat heresy and to lead the Church well.
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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Saint PolycarpOPENING PRAYER

Great martyr, Saint Polycarp, make us steadfast witnesses to the truth in word and deed, just as you witnessed to the truth in your own life and death. Through your intercession, make our commitment to our religion of long duration, a life project, enduring until our life of faith concludes with a death of faith. As we devote ourselves to you in this period of nine days, hear the humble prayers we make before God and intercede for us in order that we become beneficiaries of the heavenly graces especially in this particular need(s) (state your intentions). Grant this, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

MEDITATION: EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS

(Polycarp wrote some epistles, among which are to the Philippians. We shall examine this epistle in the course of our meditation. The epistle resembles that of Saint Paul in style and content, a proof that he heard the preachings of the Apostles of Christ)

The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians - YouTube(CHAPTERS 9&10)

Chapter 9. Patience inculcated
I exhort you all, therefore, to yield obedience to the word of righteousness, and to exercise all patience, such as you have seen [set] before your eyes, not only in the case of the blessed Ignatius, and Zosimus, and Rufus, but also in others among yourselves, and in Paul himself, and the rest of the apostles. [This do] in the assurance that all these have not run in vain, but in faith and righteousness, and that they are [now] in their due place in the presence of the Lord, with whom also they suffered. For they loved not this present world, but Him who died for us, and for our sakes was raised again by God from
the dead.

Chapter 10. Exhortation to the practice of virtue
Stand fast, therefore, in these things, and follow the example of the Lord, being firm and unchangeable in the faith, loving the brotherhood, and being attached to one another, joined together in the truth, exhibiting the meekness of the Lord in your interaction with one another, and despising no one. When you can do good, defer it not, because alms delivers from death. Be all of you subject one to another having your conduct blameless among the Gentiles, that you may both receive praise for your good works, and the Lord may not be blasphemed through you. But woe to him by whom the name of the Lord is blasphemed! Teach, therefore, sobriety to all, and manifest it also in your own conduct.

 

—SILENT REFLECTION—

 

Pin en Saints (or soon to be)CONCLUDING PRAYER – DAY 6

O Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, through the intercessions of Your Most-Holy Mother, and the entreaties of the Holy Hieromartyr Polycarp, soften the pains of our souls, take away our pains, and fulfill our desires, that we might newly behold the right hand of Your Saint, awesome in battle and gladsome to his friends. O saintly martyr, please bring my petitions before God Whom you served so faithfully!
—Pause and add your intentions—

St. Polycarp, you lived during the time when the first generation of Christians who had heard Christ personally were beginning to die. Because of this, many debates and controversies began to grow within the Church. You worked faithfully to foster respect and forgiveness within the Church. You helped the Church navigate a difficult time in her history. Though you faced many difficulties, you sought to imitate Christ and to lead others to holiness. Pray for me, that I may always seek to imitate Christ in my life as you did. Pray that I may always help others to solve conflicts and to grow in love.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!
 
Blessing+

Through the intercession of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, may Almighty God bless you + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Shalom!
Compiled by Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Immaculada Conceição, Paulo Ramos, Maranhão, Brazil
nozickcjoe@gmail.com / fadacjay@gmail.com

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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today? 

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Jenny Nwatu
Jenny Nwatu
2 years ago

St Polycarp , help us constantly to imitate your undying love for Christ

Adaeze
Adaeze
2 years ago

Dear St. Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for me, that I may always seek to imitate Christ in my life as you did. Pray that I may always help others to solve conflicts and to grow in love. Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

St. Polycarp help us to follow the instructions of Christ in that we do in this life. Amen.

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 year ago

Thank You dear Lord for EVERYTHING.

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 year ago

Amen

Borogo Gladys
Borogo Gladys
1 year ago

Lord hear our prayers. Amen

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp, pray for me and my family and take all our petitions to God. Amen.

Margaret
Margaret
1 year ago

Amen

Joy
Joy
1 year ago

Amen

Ayaka Daniel
Ayaka Daniel
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Dorothy Abaver
Dorothy Abaver
1 year ago

St.Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Chinyere
Chinyere
1 year ago

Amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
1 year ago

Through the intersection of St Polycarp of Smyrna, may I always help others to solve conflict and to grow in love, Amen

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
1 year ago

St. Polycarp intercede for my children so that they may be lifted higher, and for our country Nigeria.

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 year ago

Amen iJn

Jojo
Jojo
1 year ago

St Polycarp, pray for us.

Felicity
Felicity
1 year ago

Amen

Emilia
Emilia
1 year ago

Through the intercession of Polycarp, may the lord bless us and bring us to the glory of God amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna
Pray for us

Grace
Grace
1 year ago

Amen

Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
1 year ago

O saintly martyr, please bring my petitions before God Whom you served so faithfully!

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna pray for all who seek your intercession Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

St. Polycarp pray for the persecuted Church in Nigeria, protect our clergy, religious and laity and pray for my family Amen

Angela Usoh
Angela Usoh
1 year ago

Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

Grace Wanan Ityosaa
Grace Wanan Ityosaa
1 year ago
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Pray for us Amen

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
1 year ago

St. Polycarp! Pray for us. Amen!

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
1 year ago

Amen

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Amen.

Gloria Olebunne
Gloria Olebunne
1 month ago

O saintly martyr, please bring my petitions before God Whom you served so faithfully, Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 month ago

Through the intercession of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, may Almighty God bless you + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
1 month ago

St Polycarp , help us constantly to imitate your undying love for Christ, Amen.

Ujumax
Ujumax
1 month ago

Amen

Akaju Rita Adaeze
Akaju Rita Adaeze
1 month ago

St Polycarp of Symrna, may I follow your example to imitate Christ through out my life Amen.

Thelma
Thelma
1 month ago

Through the intercession of st. Polycarp of Smyrna, may the Almighty hear our prayers and grant us our heart desires. Amen

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
1 month ago

Pray

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
1 month ago

Pray for us, St. Polycarp, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 month ago

Thank You Lord for EVERYTHING.

Amaka anachusi
Amaka anachusi
1 month ago

Amen

Mike-kusah, Vickie
Mike-kusah, Vickie
1 month ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, Pray for us

No: 147. Blessing Thompson. Done
No: 147. Blessing Thompson. Done
1 month ago

St. Polycarp of smyrna please remove every pain and difficulty from my life I asked this through Jesus christ our lord Amen.
St. Polycarp pray for me and for my intentions Amen

Innocent Ukwah
Innocent Ukwah
1 month ago

Saint Polycarp of smyrna, Pray for me

Saint Polycarp of smyrna, Pray for my family

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
1 month ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, Pray that I may always help others to solve conflicts and to grow in love.

Isioma
Isioma
1 month ago

God’s love is awesome

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
1 month ago

Saint polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us . Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
1 month ago

Amen

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
1 month ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, sought to imitate Christ and to lead others to holiness. Pray for me, that I may always seek to imitate Christ in my life as you did. Pray that I may always help others to solve conflicts and to grow in love and through your intercessions, may Almighty God grant all the desires of my heart and all my secret prayers and supplications for the greater glory of God. Amen and Amen.

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