NOVENA TO SAINT POLYCARP OF SMYRNA, BISHOP & MARTRY – DAY 5

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 7&8)

Chapter 7. Avoid the Docetæ, and persevere in fasting and prayer
For whosoever does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is antichrist; and whosoever does not confess the testimony of the cross, is of the devil; and whosoever perverts the oracles of the Lord to his own lusts and says that there is neither a resurrection nor a judgment, he is the first­born of Satan. Wherefore, forsaking the vanity of many, and their false doctrines, let us return to the word which has been handed down to us from the beginning; watching unto prayer, and persevering in fasting; beseeching in our supplications the all­seeing God not to lead us into temptation, as the Lord has said: The spirit truly is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Chapter 8. Persevere in hope and patience
Let us then continually persevere in our hope, and the earnest of our righteousness, which is Jesus Christ, who bore our sins in His own body on the tree, who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth, but endured all things for us, that we might live in Him. Let us then be imitators of His patience; and if we suffer for His name’s sake, let us glorify Him. For He has set us this example in Himself, and we have believed that such is the case.

 

—SILENT REFLECTION—

 

Pin en Saints (or soon to be)CONCLUDING PRAYER – DAY 5

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. Many were being killed for their Faith, but you courageously continued serving God and His Church. You did not seek out martyrdom, but you calmly accepted many sufferings for your Faith. You submitted yourself to God’s will for you, and you ultimately gave up your life for the Faith in a painful martyrdom. Pray for me, that I may never allow difficulties to deter me from serving God. Pray that I may endure all trials willingly out of love for 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

Pray for me, that I may never allow difficulties to deter me from serving God. Pray that I may endure all trials willingly out of love for God. Amen

Phils
Phils
2 years ago

Talking about Crosses. Is there anything like daily and occasional crosses? How can one differentiate them?

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

No matter the difficulty in our life may nothing take us away from God own’s way, AMEN.

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 year ago

Thanksgiving to God for Successful surgery on my son and putting him on the path of WHOLESOME HEALING.

Borogo Gladys
Borogo Gladys
1 year ago

May the Lord hear our prayers. Amen

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

Thank you Jesus for everything you have done for me and my family and for answered prayers amen

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
1 year ago

Amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
1 year ago

May the Lord hear and answer our fervent prayers to Him as we pray. Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

St. Polycarp of Symirna pray for the persecuted Church of Nigeria and pray for my family Amen

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
1 year ago

St. Polycarp, pray for us and our country Nigeria.

Chinwe Ann
Chinwe Ann
1 year ago

St Polycarp, pray for me, that I may never allow difficulties to deter me from serving God. Pray that I may endure all trials willingly out of love for God.

Akujieze Mary-Ann
Akujieze Mary-Ann
1 year ago

Amen and Amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna
Pray for us

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
1 year ago

Thank You JESUS……….

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
1 year ago

Amen

Margaret
Margaret
1 year ago

Amen

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for me, my family and friends that we may never allow difficulties to deter us from serving God. I pray that we may endure all trials willingly out of love of God, Amen

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 year ago

I thank God for everything .

Chukwudi Raphael
Chukwudi Raphael
1 year ago

AMEN

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Pray for us Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna, please intercede for my family and grant me peace in my trials

Emilia
Emilia
1 year ago

Through st Polycarp, may the almighty God continues to guide us through this difficult situation. Amen

Felicity
Felicity
1 year ago

Amen

Gerald
Gerald
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Pray for us Amen

Dora Faleye
Dora Faleye
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyrna pray for me,my family and Nigeria

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

Through the intercession of st Polycarp of Smyrna, may God hear and grant our prayers.

Grace
Grace
1 year ago

Amen

Angela Usoh
Angela Usoh
1 year ago

Amen

Joy
Joy
1 year ago

Amen

Juliet Chinenye
Juliet Chinenye
1 year ago

Amen

Jesus-Pikin
Jesus-Pikin
1 year ago

Amen

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
1 year ago

Through the intercession of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, may Almighty God answer our prayers and bless Us Amen

Benjamin
Benjamin
1 year ago

Thanks for giving us information about St. Polycarp, and how and when to invoke his intercession.
God bless OCCF

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us!

Ifeyinwa
Ifeyinwa
1 year ago

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, pray for us.
Pray for Nigerians. For fraternity, tolerance, and love amongst us. Nigeria will be great again. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 year ago

Amen

Rosemary
Rosemary
1 year ago

St Polycarp of Smyna Pray for us

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
1 year ago

Thy kingdom come O Lord

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
1 year ago

Thank You Lord for my miracle is on the way

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
1 year ago

That I may endure all trials willingly out of love for God. Amen! St Polycarp, pray for us!

Juliet Arinze
Juliet Arinze
1 year ago

Amen

Vivian
Vivian
1 year ago

St Polycarp, pray for us in this trying times and always. IJN Amen

Vivian
Vivian
1 year ago

St Polycarp, through your intersection may the good Lord protect our families and loved ones from all evil IJN Amen

Agbalu Glory francisca
Agbalu Glory francisca
1 year ago

Amen and amen

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
4 months ago

Holy Hieromartyr Polycarp, pray for the OCCF Family

Priscilla
Priscilla
4 months ago

Amen

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
4 months ago

Amen and Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
4 months ago

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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