Friday, 12 August 2016

The Feast of Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus

I love the story of how Pontian, the rightful pope and Hippolytus, a schismatic anti-pope were rivals, yet the Romans had them both locked up together. Even in prison, they would not speak to each other, yet eventually were reconciled. Hippolytus is the only anti-pope to have been canonized. As an ex-Protestant who was very anti-Catholic, yet reconciled to the Catholic Church, I can identify with him.

Almighty God, by whose grace and power thy holy Martyrs Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus triumphed over suffering, and despised death: Grant, we beseech thee, that enduring hardness, and waxing valiant in fight, we may with the noble army of martyrs receive the crown of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus, pray for us, that we would be reconciled with our brethren with whom we differ.

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