Wednesday, February 23, 2011

We call this food Eucharist

 "We call this food Eucharist; and no one
else is permitted to partake of it, except one who
believes our teaching to be true and who has been
washed in the washing which is for the remission
of sins and for regeneration, and is thereby living
as Christ has enjoined.  For not as common bread
nor common drink do we receive these; but since
Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by
the word of God and had both flesh and blood for
our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the
food which has been made into the Eucharist by
the Eucharistic prayer set down by Him, and by the
change of which our blood and flesh is nurtured, is
both the flesh and the blood of that incarnated Jesus.”

St. Justin Martyr
 First Apology 66, A.D. 151

St Polycarp
Disciple of St John
Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr
69-155 AD
FEAST DAY - February 23


Polycarp was denounced to the government, arrested, and tried on the charge of being a Christian. When the proconsul urged him to save his life by cursing Christ,
he replied: “Eighty-six years I have served him, and He never did me any wrong.
How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?” 

Ste Polycarp, ora pro nobis! 

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