NOVENA TO SAINT POLYCARP OF SMYRNA, BISHOP & MARTRY – DAY 1

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: ABOUT SAINT POLYCARP

(BRIEF BIOGRAPHY)

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St. Polycarp was born in 65 A.D. Nothing further is known about his early life.

Polycarp was a companion of a bishop named Papias. Both men were disciples of St. John the Apostle. Polycarp was also known to have corresponded with St. Ignatius of Antioch.

According to St. Irenaeus, Polycarp converted to Christianity after hearing the preaching of the Apostles. Polycarp was ordained a bishop in Smyrna.

Polycarp was one of the leaders of the Church during the tumultuous time when many who had known Christ personally began to die. Because the first-hand witnesses of Jesus’ works were no longer living, debates began to spring up among Christians about practices and teachings. Many heresies began to flourish, even while Christians were being persecuted by the secular government.

Polycarp saw imitation of Christ as the only answer to the problems that the Church was facing. He sought to imitate Jesus’ attitude toward the Pharisees when confronting heretics.

When dealing with disagreements among faithful Christians, Polycarp emphasized respect and forgiveness. He had to navigate through the controversy in the Church about when Easter should be celebrated since the East celebrated it in conjunction with Passover and the West celebrated it on the Sunday following Passover.

As Polycarp faced persecution for his Christian Faith, he did not seek martyrdom but waited until it was clear that God willed it. Those who knew him best admired Polycarp for this, as it allowed him time to bring more souls into the Church.

At one point, a crowd of pagans who were gathered to watch Christians be eaten by animals in the arena began to demand that Church leader Polycarp be found and put to death. Polycarp calmly left the city and hid at a farm that was nearby. He prayed for the Church as he waited to be found and killed.

As Polycarp prayed, he had a vision of his pillow turning to fire. He understood that the vision meant he would be burned alive.

When Polycarp was found by his persecutors, he talked to them and even gave them a meal to eat. Then he asked for an hour to pray. He spent the time praying for every person he knew and for the Church. His captors began to see his holiness and to question whether they should be arresting him.

Because he was eighty-six years old and clearly fragile, the proconsul begged Polycarp to give in and renounce his Faith. But Polycarp held fast to his Faith. He was set on fire, but the fire miraculously did not burn him. When his persecutors saw that he was not dying from the fire, they stabbed him to death. He died in 155. St. Polycarp’s Feast Day: February 23rd

(Culled from “Know Your Saints Online”)

Pin en Saints (or soon to be)CONCLUDING PRAYER – DAY 1

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—

You became a bishop and devoted yourself to serving the Church. You worked to combat heresy and to heal divisions. You ultimately gave up your life for God as a martyr. Pray for me, that I may be as devoted a servant of God as you were. Pray that I may be eager to give my entire life to God.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!
 
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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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Colette
Colette
2 years ago

Saint Polycarp worked to combat heresy and to heal divisions. Help us to become instruments of peace wherever we find ourselves.Amen

njideka Ihionu
njideka Ihionu
2 years ago

St Polycarp please help to be strong in my faith and make me preserver to the end. God have mercy on me and re write my wrongs . change my sons from smoking please amen

Nneka Casmira
Nneka Casmira
2 years ago

Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna please pray to God to grant my request

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

Through the ineterssions of st polycap may we be strengthen more in God following Our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 year ago

St. Polycarp, pray for our Country Nigeria under an Islamic persection.
Pray for wholesome recovery for my son Osi.

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
1 year ago

Thank You JESUS……

Margaret
Margaret
1 year ago

Amen

Emilia
Emilia
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp pray for us

Chinwe Ann
Chinwe Ann
1 year ago

Through your intercession St. Polycarp make our commitment to our religion of long duration, a life project, enduring until our life of faith concludes with a death of faith.

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
1 year ago

I pray for peaceful and fair election in Nigeria through the intercession of St. Polycarp of Smyrna Amen.

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 year ago

St Polycarp…..pray for us
Amen

christiana
christiana
1 year ago

Amen

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, Pray for us. Amen!

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
1 year ago

Through the intersection of St Polycarp of Smyrna, may God hear and answer my prayers, Amen

Kevin Lorenzo
Kevin Lorenzo
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp, Pray for me and my family and for my country Nigeria. Amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna
Pray for us

Angela Usoh
Angela Usoh
1 year ago

Amen

Dorothy Abaver
Dorothy Abaver
1 year ago

St Polycarp pray for us

Anny
Anny
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp intercede for us and help save Nigeria.

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

St. Policarp intercede for the church in Nigeria, protect our clergy, the religious and lay faithful from those who seek to destroy the church ⛪ in Nigeria and pray for me and my family

Ifeyinwa
Ifeyinwa
1 year ago

St. Polycarp, pray for leaders. Church leaders, leaders in the home, and national leaders. Strengthen us to do the will of Christ. Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 year ago

Amen

Agbalu Glory francisca
Agbalu Glory francisca
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp pray for us amen

Felicity
Felicity
1 year ago

Amen

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

St Polycarp pray for us Amen

Ayaka Daniel
Ayaka Daniel
1 year ago

St Polycarp pray for us and the mother church especially in Nigeria.

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp, pray for us, especially those who are persecuted as a Christian.

Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp pray for us

Valentina
Valentina
1 year ago

Thank You Jesus Christ

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
1 year ago

Amen

Grace
Grace
1 year ago

Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
4 months ago

St. Polycarp pray for understanding of the prayers we say.

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
4 months ago

St. Polycarp, pray for me that I may imitate your virtue of faith in Christ.

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
4 months ago

St. Polycarp pray for me that I may return to peace and fervour with my God. Amen

Agwunobi Chinazom
Agwunobi Chinazom
4 months ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

No: 147. Blessing Thompson. Done
No: 147. Blessing Thompson. Done
4 months ago

St. Polycarp heal the division in my family please pray for us and for our good intentions Amen

Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
4 months ago

St Polycap,
Pray for me.

IDOKO JOHN
IDOKO JOHN
4 months ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna intercede for us and our families Amen.

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
4 months ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Achadu Grace Mwuese
Achadu Grace Mwuese
4 months ago

St. Polyçarp pray for us

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
4 months ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us Amen.

MaryAnthony Bassey
MaryAnthony Bassey
4 months ago

Saint Polycarp, pray for us.

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
4 months ago

St. Polycarp, Pray for us Amen

Priscilla
Priscilla
4 months ago

May the mercy of Lord locate us as we work through the path of faith.

Philomena
Philomena
4 months ago

Early Christians really suffered for Christ. To kill a man over 80yrs of age? Satan na wah!!!! He gained heaven and you lost.
Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us to imitate your great faith!
Thank you Fr.

Roselyn Ariteshurma Okuku
Roselyn Ariteshurma Okuku
4 months ago

St Polycarp of symrna intercede for my younger brother Austin Mayiwa Abieyigbe Okuku who is detain in police custody.

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
4 months ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us to God. Amen and Amen.

Anthonia Nwidadah
Anthonia Nwidadah
4 months ago

St Polycarp pray for us!

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
4 months ago

St. Polycarp, pray for me and my family

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