Let Us Pray With Polycarp

March 23, 2007 § Leave a comment

“Thou God and Father of Thy beloved and blessed Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have received knowledge of Thee, O God of the angels and of all creation and of all just men who live in Thy presence, I thank Thee that Thou hast graciously granted me a portion among Thy people [Polycarp prayed: “. . . Thou hast graciously granted this day and this hour to allot me a portion among the number of martyrs”], among the people of Christ, unto the resurrection of everlasting life: may I be received in Thy sight, as a fruitful and acceptable sacrifice, wherefore, for all this, I praise Thee, I bless Thee, I glorify Thee through the eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, Thy beloved Son; to whom, with Thee and the Holy Spirit, be all glory, world without end. Amen.”

Polycarp (when he was martyred) (A.D. 69–155)

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