History:St. Apollonia is the Patron Saint of dentists and against tooth disease and toothaches.
Based on Lectionary Lessons for The Martyrs of Lyons.
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Method:On the Cross:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. -- 1 Peter 1:3-9
O Lord Jesus Christ, grant us a measure of your Spirit. Help us to obey your teaching, soothe anger, cultivate pity, overcome desire, increase love, cast off sorrow, shun vainglory, renounce revenge, and not be afraid of death. Let us ever entrust our spirit to the everlasting God who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and rules forever and ever. Amen.
--Prayer to Practice What Jesus Taught, St Apollonius of Rome, Senator, Apologist and Martyr
O taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. -- Psalm 34:8
Week 1: I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Week 2: My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
Week 3: O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Week 4: I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Week 5: Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
Week 6: This poor soul cried, and was heard by the LORD, and was saved from every trouble.
Week 7: The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. -- Psalm 34:1-7
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’ -- Mark 8:34-38