NOVENA TO SAINT POLYCARP OF SMYRNA, BISHOP & MARTRY – DAY 2

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(GREETINGS, CHAPTERS 1&2)

Greetings
Polycarp, and the presbyters with him, to the Church of God Sojourning at Philippi: Mercy to you, and peace from God Almighty, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour, be multiplied.

Chapter 1. Praise of the Philippians
I have greatly rejoiced with you in our Lord Jesus Christ, because you have followed the example of true love [as displayed by God], and have accompanied, as became you, those who were bound in chains, the fitting ornaments of saints, and which are indeed the diadems of the true elect of God and our Lord; and because the strong root of your faith, spoken of in days long gone by, endures even until now, and brings forth fruit to our Lord Jesus Christ, who for our sins suffered even unto death, [but] whom God raised from the dead, having loosed the bands of the grave. In whom, though now you see Him not, you believe, and believing, rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; into which joy many desire to enter, knowing that by grace you are saved, not of works, but by the will of God through Jesus Christ.

Chapter 2. An exhortation to virtue
Wherefore, girding up your loins, serve the Lord in fear and truth, as those who have forsaken the vain, empty talk and error of the multitude, and believed in Him who raised up our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, and gave Him glory, and a throne at His right hand. To Him all things; in heaven and on earth are subject. Him every spirit serves. He comes as the Judge of the living and the dead. His blood will God require of those who do not believe in Him. But He who raised Him up from the dead will raise up us also, if we do His will, and walk in His commandments, and love what He loved, keeping ourselves from all unrighteousness, covetousness, love of money, evil speaking, falsewitness; not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, or blow for blow, or cursing for cursing, but being mindful of what the Lord said in His teaching: Judge not, that you be not judged; forgive, and it shall be forgiven unto you; be merciful, that you may obtain mercy; with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again; and once more, Blessed are the poor, and those that are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God.

—SILENT REFLECTION—

 

Pin en Saints (or soon to be)CONCLUDING PRAYER – DAY 2

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—

When many heresies began to flourish, you worked to preserve the unity of teaching in the Church and worked diligently to preach the truth. Pray for me, that I may always be eager to preach the Gospel to others in my life. Pray that I may always do all I can to bring others to God.

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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Adaeze
Adaeze
2 years ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

Comfort
Comfort
1 year ago

St. Polycarp Marty and Bishop pray for us

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
1 year ago

Amen

Roses Utsaha
Roses Utsaha
1 year ago

St Polycarp, pray for us.

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 year ago

We commit our Country Nigeria in the throes of elections to your Saintly intercession at the Throne of Mercy.

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

Amen

Borogo Gladys
Borogo Gladys
1 year ago

Saint. Polycarp, intercede for us. Amen

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
1 year ago

Thank You JESUS……

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna please intercede for my son to know his vocation in life

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
1 year ago

Saint polycarp of smyrna, pray for us, Amen

Chinyere
Chinyere
1 year ago

Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

St. Polycarbonate, Pray for the persecuted Church of Christ in Nigeria through Christ our Lord and pray for all my family intentions

Emilia
Emilia
1 year ago

St Polycarp pray for us amen

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
1 year ago

St Polycarp, intercede for us and our country Nigeria for a peaceful election.

Sa'adatu Anne Akough
Sa'adatu Anne Akough
1 year ago

St. Polycarp and all the Saint’s intercede for us now and always. Amen

Felicity
Felicity
1 year ago

Amen

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, Pray for us

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna
Pray for us

Comfort
Comfort
1 year ago

St. Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Angela Usoh
Angela Usoh
1 year ago

Amen

Akujieze Mary-Ann
Akujieze Mary-Ann
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Igwesi Victoria
Igwesi Victoria
1 year ago

Amen

Njideka ihionu
Njideka ihionu
1 year ago

St Polycarp please fight my office battle for me.

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us Amen

Margaret
Margaret
1 year ago

Amen

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

St. Polycarp, pray for us. Pray for the priests and the religious.

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
1 year ago

Oh God hear our prayers Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Amen

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
1 year ago

St. Polycarp…..pray for us .Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 year ago

Amen

Eghe
Eghe
1 year ago

Amen

Jesus-Pikin
Jesus-Pikin
1 year ago

Amen

Gloria Olebunne
Gloria Olebunne
17 days ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us, that I may always be eager to preach the Gospel to others in my life. Pray that I may always do all I can to bring others to God. Amen

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
17 days ago

Amen

Nwamaka Nwabude
Nwamaka Nwabude
17 days ago

Amen.

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
17 days ago

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

Henry
Henry
17 days ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
17 days ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
17 days ago

Pray for us to pray what we mean and mean what we pray. May our daily observances find favour in His Sight.

Amaka anachusi
Amaka anachusi
17 days ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna pray for us Amen

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
17 days ago

Saint polycarp of Smyrna,pray for us ..Amen…

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
17 days ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
17 days ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Pteremathew
Pteremathew
17 days ago

Amen

MaryAnthony Bassey
MaryAnthony Bassey
17 days ago

Saint Polycarp, pray for us and intercede for our needs.

Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
17 days ago

St Polycarp,
Pray for me.

Sule Adanu
Sule Adanu
17 days ago

Amen

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
17 days ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna pray for us Amen

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