“Polycarp, a Martyr of Christ”

Out of love for Jesus Christ and the holy gospel, Polycarp was burned to death, “not accepting deliverance; that he might obtain a better resurrection.” (Hebrews 11:35) “He told the soldiers in charge of his execution that they need not fasten him to the stake, for he had no intention of fleeing. As he was soon engulfed with fire, and flames leaped high above his body, this prayer could be heard from the lips of Christ’s faithful servant: ‘Lord God Almighty, Father of Thy beloved and blessed Son, Jesus Christ . . . I bless Thee for deigning me worthy of this day and this hour that I may be among Thy martyrs and drink of the cup of my Lord Jesus Christ . . . I praise Thee for all Thy mercies; I bless Thee, I glorify Thee, through the eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, Thy beloved Son, with whom to Thyself and the Holy Spirit, be glory both now and forever. Amen.’” ~ Covenant of Grace Protestant Reformed Church

 

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