Saint Polycarp, bishop
and a disciple
of the apostles, was burned at the stake about the year 155. His feast day
is February 23. This is the prayer
he prayed before he died:
Lord, almighty God, Father of your beloved and blessed Son Jesus
Christ, through whom we have come to the knowledge
of yourself, God
of angels, of powers, of all creation, of all the race of saints who live in your sight, I bless you for judging me worthy of this day, this hour, so that in the company of the martyrs I may share the cup of Christ, your annointed one, and so rise again to eternal life
and body, immortal through the power of the Holy Spirit. May I be received among the martyrs in your presence today as a rich and pleasing sacrifice. God
of truth, stranger to falsehood, you have prepared this and revealed it to me and now you have fulfilled your promise.
I praise you for all things, I bless you, I glorify you through the eternal priest
of heaven, Jesus
Christ, your beloved Son. Through him be glory
to you, together with him and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
Here is a prayer
the Church prays concerning Saint Polycarp:
God of all creation,
you gave your bishop
of being counted among the saints who gave their lives in faithful witness
to the gospel.
May his prayers
give us the courage
to share with him the cup of suffering
and to rise to eternal glory.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest and peace at the last.
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