NOVENA TO SAINT POLYCARP OF SMYRNA, BISHOP & MARTRY – DAY 8

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.

OPENING 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 13&14)

Chapter 13. Concerning the transmission of epistles
Both you and Ignatius wrote to me, that if anyone went [from this] into Syria, he should carry your letter with him; which request I will attend to if I find a fitting opportunity, either personally, or through some other acting for me, that your desire may be fulfilled. The Epistles of Ignatius written by him to us, and all the rest [of his Epistles] which we have by us, we have sent to you, as you requested. They are subjoined to this Epistle, and by them you may be greatly profited; for they treat of faith and patience, and all things that tend to edification in our Lord. Any more certain information you may have obtained respecting both Ignatius himself, and those that were with him, have the goodness to make known to us.

Chapter 14. Conclusion
These things I have written to you by Crescens, whom up to the present time I have recommended unto you, and do now recommend. For he has acted blamelessly among us, and I believe also among you. Moreover, you will hold his sister in esteem when she comes to you. Be safe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with you all. Amen.

 

—SILENT REFLECTION—

 

Pin en Saints (or soon to be)CONCLUDING PRAYER – DAY 8

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 in a society that was hostile to the Christian Faith. You chose to convert to Christianity, knowing that you could be called to suffer and die for your Faith. When faced with martyrdom, you were given the choice to save your life by abandoning your Faith. You courageously held fast to your Faith to the point of torture and death. Pray for me, that I may always practice my Faith courageously. Pray that I may hold fast to my faith even to the point of death if necessary.

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 of Symrna, pray for us

Adaeze
Adaeze
2 years ago

St. Polycarp, please pray for me, that I may always practice my Faith courageously. Pray that I may hold fast to my faith even to the point of death if necessary. Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago
Reply to  Adaeze

Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
4 months ago
Reply to  Adaeze

May it be so.

Colette
Colette
2 years ago

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

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

St. Polycarp of smyrna, Pray for the persecuted Church of Nigeria and pray for my family Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
4 months ago
Reply to  Vivian Oyih

Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 year ago

St. Polycarp, pray for our Country Nigeria in the throes of elections that we may seek God’s face in casting our votes.
Thanksgiving to God for the successful surgery on Osi and seeking for wholesome recovery.

Adebayo Olabode Micheal
Adebayo Olabode Micheal
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, please intercede for our country Nigeria and gives us a true leader

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
1 year ago

May the Holy Spirit take charge of all that concerns me today and always, and grant me divine healing through the intercession of St Polycarp. in Jesus name Amen.

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 year ago

Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

St. Ploycarp, pray for us so we will be corageous in our faith to serve God well.

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
1 year ago

Amen

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
1 year ago

Amen

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
1 year ago

St Polycarp intercede for for our country for a fair peaceful and credible election

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, intercede for all Christians facing persecution all over the world that they may remain steadfast ln their faith till the very end

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us. Thanks Fr Chinaka for this novena of faith to God, no matter the tribulations.

Margaret
Margaret
1 year ago

Amen

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 year ago

St. Polycarp of Symrna….pray for us.
Amen .

Ayaka Daniel
Ayaka Daniel
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Juliet Chinenye
Juliet Chinenye
1 year ago

Amen

Nnorodi Anita-mario
Nnorodi Anita-mario
1 year ago

Amen
Saint Polycarp pray for us

Markus dauda
Markus dauda
1 year ago

St Polycarp Pray for us

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, Pray for us Amen

Dorothy Abaver
Dorothy Abaver
1 year ago

St Polycarp pray for me

Chinyere
Chinyere
1 year ago

St. Polycarp of symtrna pray for me that I may always be courageous in my faith amen.

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna pray for us

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
1 year ago

St Polycarp! Pray for us.
I’m strengthened by this Novena.

Grace Wanan Ityosaa
Grace Wanan Ityosaa
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Comfort
Comfort
1 year ago

Amen and amen

Ugochukwu Oliver
Ugochukwu Oliver
1 year ago

Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

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

Rosemary
Rosemary
1 year ago

St. Polycarp of Smyna, pray for us on the success of the forthcoming election.

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
1 year ago

Saint polycarp of smyrna, intercede and pray for us , Amen

Emilia
Emilia
1 year ago

St Polycarp pray for us amen

Felicity
Felicity
1 year ago

Amen

Agbalu Glory francisca
Agbalu Glory francisca
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us! Amen

Agbalu Glory francisca
Agbalu Glory francisca
1 year ago

Pray for me, that I may always practice my Faith courageously. Pray that I may hold fast to my faith even to the point of death if necessary.

Nkechi Bature-Uzor
Nkechi Bature-Uzor
1 year ago

My help comes from the Lord who made Heaven and Earth. Lord I trust in you.

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
1 year ago

LORD JESUS… Please bless Me and My Husband, Amen!

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
1 year ago

Through the intercession of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, may Almighty God bless Us Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Amen

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
1 year ago

Thank You Jesus for prayers answered. Amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
1 year ago

Amen

Angela Usoh
Angela Usoh
1 year ago

Amen

Igwesi Victoria
Igwesi Victoria
1 year ago

God hear our prayers thru the intercession of St Polycarp Amen

Frankmary Egboboh
Frankmary Egboboh
1 year ago

St polycarp intercede for me

Ndidi Oranye
Ndidi Oranye
1 year ago

St. Polycarp of Symrna pray for us. Amen

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Symrna, pray for us

Gloria Olebunne
Gloria Olebunne
4 months ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for me, that I may always practice my Faith courageously. Pray that I may hold fast to my faith even to the point of death if necessary. Amen

Ujumax
Ujumax
4 months ago

St Polycarp pray for me amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
4 months ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna pray for us Amen

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