NOVENA TO SAINT POLYCARP OF SMYRNA, BISHOP & MARTRY – DAY 4

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 5&6)

Chapter 5. The duties of deacons, youths, and virgins
Knowing, then, that God is not mocked, we ought to walk worthy of His commandment and glory. In like manner should the deacons be blameless before the face of His righteousness, as being the servants of God and Christ, and not of men. They must not be slanderers, double­tongued, or lovers of money, but temperate in all things, compassionate, industrious, walking according to the truth of the Lord, who was the servant of all. If we please Him in this present world, we shall receive also the future world, according as He has promised to us that He will raise us again from the dead, and that if we live worthily of Him, we shall also reign together with Him, provided only we believe. In like manner, let the young men also be blameless in all things, being especially careful to preserve purity, and keeping themselves in, as with a bridle, from every kind of evil. For it is well that they should be cut off from the lusts that are in the world, since every lust wars against the spirit; and neither fornicators, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, shall inherit the kingdom of God, nor those who do things inconsistent and unbecoming. Wherefore, it is needful to abstain from all these things, being subject to the presbyters and deacons, as unto God and Christ. The virgins also must walk in a blameless and pure conscience.

Chapter 6. The duties of presbyters and others
And let the presbyters be compassionate and merciful to all, bringing back those that wander, visiting all the sick, and not neglecting the widow, the orphan, or the poor, but always providing for that which is becoming in the sight of God and man; abstaining from all wrath, respect of persons, and unjustjudgment; keeping far off from all covetousness, not quickly crediting [an evil report] against any one, not severe in judgment, as knowing that we are all under a debt of sin. If then we entreat the Lord to forgive us, we ought also ourselves to forgive; for we are before the eyes of our Lord and God, and we must all appear at the judgment­seat of Christ, and must everyone give an account of himself. Let us then serve Him in fear, and with all reverence, even as He Himself has commanded us, and as the apostles who preached the Gospel unto us, and the prophets who proclaimed beforehand the coming of the Lord [have alike taught us].
Let us be zealous in the pursuit of that which is good, keeping ourselves from causes of offense, from false brethren, and from those who in hypocrisy bear the name of the Lord, and draw away vain men into error.

 

—SILENT REFLECTION—

 

Pin en Saints (or soon to be)CONCLUDING PRAYER – DAY 4

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 became a bishop during a tumultuous time in the early Church. Amidst persecution from the government, you also dealt with many debates and heresies gaining traction within the Church. You did all you could to lead the Church faithfully. As many people began to debate both doctrines and practices in the Church, you remained faithful to the truth and worked to lead your people to holiness. Pray for me, that I may always do all I can to promote the truth. Pray that I may be courageous in preaching the Gospel at all times.

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

St. Polycarp continue to intercede for us. Amen.

njideka Ihionu
njideka Ihionu
2 years ago

St Polycarp please help me to buy this laptop for my children please

Jenny Nwatu
Jenny Nwatu
2 years ago

St. Polycarp , pray for us

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 year ago

Amen

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
1 year ago

Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

St , polycarp may l be given the grace to be courageous &stand by the truth at all times through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
1 year ago

Thank You JESUS……..

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna Pray for us

Ominyi Ada
Ominyi Ada
1 year ago

St Polycarp, pray for us Amen.

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
1 year ago

Saint polycarp of Smyrna help me to take my thanksgiving to God for the internal peace, joy, happiness and love leave. Amen

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
1 year ago

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

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, intercede for my son

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Pray for us Amen

Borogo Gladys
Borogo Gladys
1 year ago

Lord hear our prayers. Amen

Rumeh
Rumeh
1 year ago

St Polycarp pray for us ️️

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 year ago

Amen

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
1 year ago

Amen

Felicity
Felicity
1 year ago

Amen

Faustykelly
Faustykelly
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, intercede for us to God whom you serve faithful till the end.

Chinwe Ann
Chinwe Ann
1 year 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.

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna Pray for us Amen

Jesus-Pikin
Jesus-Pikin
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Ayaka Daniel
Ayaka Daniel
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Margaret
Margaret
1 year ago

Amen

Margaret orevaoghene
Margaret orevaoghene
1 year ago

Interceed for Frank to sellected in his unit for the gunboat and may God’s uncommonn favour rest on him in the gunboat trip and may Margaret four months salary to be paid amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
1 year ago

Aaaamen

Grace
Grace
1 year ago

Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

St. Polycarp of Smyrna, Pray for the persecuted Church in Nigeria and the protection of all clergy, religious and the lay faithful. Pray for me and my family Amen

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
1 year ago

St.Polycarp please pray for peace in our country Nigeria and the world at large Amen.

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
1 year ago

Lord in your mercy please grant my secret intentions. Amen

Angela Usoh
Angela Usoh
1 year ago

Amen

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us to follow the right doctrine of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Chinyere
Chinyere
1 year ago

Amen!

Akujieze Mary-Ann
Akujieze Mary-Ann
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Dorothy Abaver
Dorothy Abaver
1 year ago

St. POLYCARP PRAY FOR MY ENTIRE FAMILY

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

Igwesi Victoria
Igwesi Victoria
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Amen

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

St Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for me

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
1 year ago

Amen!!!

Njideka ihionu
Njideka ihionu
1 year ago

St Polycarp please Abeg rewrite my name in my office and bless my works.
Give my children good husbands
Bless my husband and my very good friends family and friends

Rosemary
Rosemary
1 year ago

St Polycarp, Pray for me Amen.

Agbalu Glory francisca
Agbalu Glory francisca
1 year ago

Amen

Igwesi Victoria
Igwesi Victoria
1 year ago

Amen

Uba Susanna Chiebone
Uba Susanna Chiebone
4 months ago

St. Polycap of Smyma, pray for us that we may develop strong faith in the word of God.

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
4 months ago

St Polycarp Pray for us. Amen

Roselyn Ariteshurma Okuku
Roselyn Ariteshurma Okuku
4 months ago

Through the intercession of st Polycarp of Smyrna, May God grant my son and I to live a truthful life, may HE grant us wisdom in all we say and do.

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
4 months ago

Through the intercession of St Polycarp may the Lord Almighty bless and protect us Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
4 months ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna pray for us

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