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Posted By Eric Sammons On February 23, 2009 @ 7:40 am In Saints | Comments Disabled
Today is the feast of St. Polycarp, a bishop-martyr from the 2nd century who was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. He was told to offer incense to the gods in order to avoid martyrdom and he responded: “Eighty-six years I have been his servant, and He has done me no wrong. How then can I blaspheme my King who saved me?”
If you have time today, try to read the entire Martyrdom of Polycarp  – it is a beautiful example of martyrdom in the early Church. While you are reading it, try to notice the Eucharistic themes throughout – how Polycarp himself becomes a Eucharist in his sacrifice.
St. Polycarp, pray for us!
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