St. Apollinaris of Hierapolis, Bishop

St. Apollinaris
Today, the Church honors Saint Apollinaris, the illustrious second century Bishop of Hierapolis-Phrygia.  The great Church historian, Eusebius, and St. Jerome, both acknowledge him as a great apologist famous for his treatises against the heresies of his day, showing the error of the heresies to be borrowed from the pagans.  Most unfortunately, his writings cannot be found, and only some extracts of his writings are available.
He lived during the time of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius.  In or about 177, he addressed a defense of Christianity to the emperor, the Apologia, who shortly before this defense, had obtained an important victory over the Quadi, a people inhabiting the country which is now called Moravia.
By way of background, one of the emperor’s legions, the twelfth legion, was composed primarily of Christians.  The army began to perish because of the lack of water.  Accordingly, the Christian soldiers fell upon their knees and invoked the Lord’s assistance.  Their prayers were immediately answered, whilst a copious rain fell, and aided by the storm, they conquered the Germans.  In fact, the emperor named this Christian legion, the “Thundering Legion.”  St. Apollinaris reminded the emperor of this victory, requesting his protection and an end to the persecution of the Christians at that time.   The emperor complied during his reign, but the persecution of Christians continued thereafter.
In addition to the Apologia, he wrote two books against the Jews, five books against the pagans and two on Truth. 
He died in the second century, wherein the actual date of his death is unknown.  We applaud St. Apollinaris for his strong defense of Christianity and for his love of Truth.  May we remember his example and defend the Faith against modern-day heresies, especially secularism and relativism.
Respectfully,
Joan
Sources:  The Catholic Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, traditionalcatholic.net, and ucatholic.com

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tina
6 years ago

thankyou Joan.

joandarc
joandarc
6 years ago
Reply to  tina

My honor and pleasure, tina.

Mike howrightismike
Mike howrightismike
6 years ago

Joan, I always enjoy your posts!

joandarc
joandarc
6 years ago

Thank you Mike.

Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
6 years ago

Thank you, Joan, for this post, without which I would never know about this saint.
“May we remember his example and defend the Faith against modern-day heresies, especially secularism and relativism.”
Indeed. We need St. Apollinaris in our Culture War!

joandarc
joandarc
6 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Yes. I prayed for his help yesterday to win the war against the culture of death.

Electric Nunez ll
Electric Nunez ll
6 years ago

“…he wrote two books against the Jews,…”-
“…defender against modern day heresies,…”-
Must say I’m a bit perplexed as to whether we are talking about a “defender against…” or a “promulgator of…” certain noxious modern-day heresies, at least in the above instance.

joandarc
joandarc
6 years ago

There is no need to be perplexed. St. Apollinaris defended Christianity from the heresies of his time. I suspect this also included the denial by the Pharisees and other Jewish officials that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior. As I stated in my post, his writings cannot be found; only bits and pieces of what he said as set forth above. Nevertheless, your comment lacks definitive specificity. Hence, I don’t know what you are talking about. What’s your point? And I suppose I must reiterate that the persecution against the Christians ended during the reign of Marcus Aurelius because… Read more »

TrailDust
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TrailDust
6 years ago

Thank you, Joan. You have enriched us with this article. What a heritage with have, what champions, and captains of the faith. I have heard St. Apollinaris mentioned before, but have never learned anything about him until now. And imagine, he lived in a time less distant from the Lord’s earthly ministry, than we are from George Washington, a mere blink of the eye.

joandarc
joandarc
6 years ago

Thank you traildust for your acknowledgment of this amazing Saint, a champion and captain of the Faith. May he intercede for you before Our Lord.

Mary_Patricia
2 years ago

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