NOVENA TO SAINT POLYCARP OF SMYRNA, BISHOP & MARTRY – DAY 3

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 3&4)

Chapter 3. Expression of personal unworthiness

These things, brethren, I write to you concerning righteousness, not because I take anything upon myself, but because you have invited me to do so. For neither I, nor any other such one, can come up to the wisdom of the blessed and glorified Paul. He, when among you, accurately and steadfastly taught the word of truth in the presence of those who were then alive. And when absent from you, he wrote you a letter, which, if you carefully study, you will find to be the means of building you up in that faith which has been given you, and which, being followed by hope, and preceded by love towards God, and Christ, and our neighbour, is the mother of us all. For if anyone be inwardly possessed of these graces, he has fulfilled the command of righteousness, since he that has love is far from all sin.

Chapter 4. Various exhortations
But the love of money is the root of all evils. Knowing, therefore, that as we brought nothing into the world, so we can carry nothing out, let us arm ourselves with the armour of righteousness; and let us teach, first of all, ourselves to walk in the commandments of the Lord. Next, [teach] your wives [to walk] in the faith given to them, and in love and purity tenderly loving their own husbands in all truth, and loving all [others] equally in all chastity; and to train up their children in the knowledge and fear of God. Teach the widows to be discreet and respect the faith of the Lord, praying continually for all, being far from all slandering, evil­speaking, false­witnessing, love of money, and every kind of evil; knowing that they are the altar of God, that He clearly perceives all things, and that nothing is hidden from Him, neither reasonings, nor reflections, nor any one of the secret things of the heart.

 

—SILENT REFLECTION—

 

Pin en Saints (or soon to be)CONCLUDING PRAYER – DAY 3

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 chose to become a Christian when you heard the preaching of Christ’s Apostles. You devoted yourself wholeheartedly to serving God and His Church by becoming a bishop. As a bishop in the early Church, you faced many difficulties as debates and heresies began to spring up in the Church. You did all you could to lead your people in the truth, amidst the trials of persecution by the secular government. Pray for me, that I may be eager to serve God and His Church in any way that I can. Pray that I may grow in holiness and devotion to God each day.

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

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

Adebayo Olabode Micheal
Adebayo Olabode Micheal
1 year ago
Reply to  Adaeze

Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago
Reply to  Adaeze

Amen

Ayo-Ogbor Augustina
Ayo-Ogbor Augustina
1 year ago

St Polycalp of Symnea pray for us

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 year ago

St. Polycarp, pray for your children that we may internalise better the prayers we make.
Thanksgiving to God for putting my sin on the path of wholesome healing.

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
1 year ago

Amen

Felicity
Felicity
1 year ago

Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

St polycarp pray for us that we may be eager to serve God and his church. Amen

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
1 year ago

St. Polycarp please bring my petitions before God whom you served faithfully Amen.

Ayaka Daniel
Ayaka Daniel
1 year ago

St Polycarp pray for us

Dorothy Abaver
Dorothy Abaver
1 year ago

St Polycarp pray for me

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Pray for us Amen

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

St. Polycarbonate of smyrna , Pray for the church in Nigeria and my family intentions Amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
1 year ago

Amen

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
1 year ago

Let us see O lord your mercy and grant us your salvation Amen

Grace
Grace
1 year ago

Amen

Markus dauda
Markus dauda
1 year ago

Pray for us.

Adebayo Olabode Micheal
Adebayo Olabode Micheal
1 year ago

Amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
1 year ago

Great Martyr , St Polycarp of Smyrna
Intercede for our special intentions

Eghe
Eghe
1 year ago

Amen

Akujieze Mary-Ann
Akujieze Mary-Ann
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
1 year ago

Thank You JESUS……….

Faustykelly
Faustykelly
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us and intercede for me for financial breakthrough, Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

St Polycarp please intercede for my son

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us.

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
1 year ago

May your powerful intercession, O St. Polycarp of Smyrna, protect our faith in God during this heretic age! Amen!
St. Polycarp of Smyrna, Pray for us.

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
1 year ago

St. Polycarp please intercede for our country Nigeria for a peaceful election

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 year ago

Amen!!!!

Emilia
Emilia
1 year ago

Through the intercession of st Polycarp, may the lord bless. Amen

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
1 year ago

Saint polycarp pray for us your children as we pass through this journey of your Novena, Amen!

Maryjoy Ifeyinwa.
Maryjoy Ifeyinwa.
1 year ago

St Polycarp, pray for us, amen

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
1 year ago

St Polycarp, pray for us

Angela Usoh
Angela Usoh
1 year ago

Amen

Ndu-kanebi, Lauretta
Ndu-kanebi, Lauretta
1 year ago

St. Polycarb, please intercede for my son Tobechukwu as he will be embarking on a trip tomorrow morning from School back home. Make everything work in his favour; that means of payihis transport will not be difficult for him due to the present situation of Cash scarcity, grant him journey mercies and as many that will be travelling through Christ our Lord. Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Angela Sewuese Abutu.
Angela Sewuese Abutu.
1 year ago

St. Polycarp pray for us!

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
1 year ago

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..Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Amen

Njideka ihionu
Njideka ihionu
1 year ago

St Polycarp please Nyerere umu aka..biko me maybe rem

Ndidiamaka
Ndidiamaka
1 year ago

St. Polycarp pray for Nigeria and Nigerians and pray for me to the lord our God , for my healing from crushed disc and veterbrea, to be able to sit, stand and walk again. Through Christ our Lord Amen.

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 year ago

St. Polycarp, pray for Successful surgery and wholesome healing for my son Oiseihiele.
Pray for our Country Nigeria in the throes of elections.

Juliet Chinenye
Juliet Chinenye
1 year ago

Amen

Gloria Olebunne
Gloria Olebunne
3 months ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, 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. Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
3 months ago

Blessing+
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
3 months ago

St. Polycarp please bring my petitions before God Whom you served so faithfully. Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
3 months ago

May we mean the prayers we say. May our daughters in law live lives of holiness as we pray not be a distraction to them
Thank You Lord for EVERYTHING.

Ayaka Daniel Esekwe
Ayaka Daniel Esekwe
3 months ago

St Polycarp pray for us

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
3 months ago

Through the intercession of St. Polycarp and our Blessed, Virgin Mother, Mary, may God bless and grant our hearts’ desires. Amen

Henry
Henry
3 months ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

Amaka anachusi
Amaka anachusi
3 months ago

Amen

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