Saint for the Day - January 8 - St. Apollinaris,
the Apologist, Bishop
Bishop of Hierapolis in Phrygia, was one of the most
illustrious prelates of the second age.
Notwithstanding the great encomiums bestowed on him
by Eusebius, St. Jerome, Theodoret, and ethers, but
little is known of his actions; and his writings,
which then were held in great esteem, seem now to be
He wrote many able treatises against the heretics,
and pointed out, as St. Jerome testifies, from what
philosophical sect each heresy derived its errors.
Nothing rendered his name so illustrious, however,
as his noble apology for the Catholic religion
which he addressed to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius,
about the year 175, soon after the miraculous
victory that prince had obtained over the Quadi by
the prayers of the Catholics.
St. Apollinaris reminded the emperor of the benefit
he had received from God through the prayers of his
Catholic subjects, and implored protection for them
against the persecution of the pagans. Marcus
Aurelius published an edict in which he forbade any
one, under pain of death, to accuse a Catholic on
account of his religion; by a strange inconsistency,
he had not the courage to abolish the laws then in
force against the Catholics, and, as a consequence,
many of them suffered martyrdom, though their
accusers were also put to death. The date of St.
Apollinaris' death is not known; the Roman
Martyrology mentions him on the 8th of January.
Saint for the Day - St. Apollinaris, the Apologist,
Read about the Saint for today - January 8 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Therefore I say unto you, all
things whatsoever you ask when
you pray, believe that you shall
receive: and they shall come
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