Above: St. Porfirio
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SAINT PORFIRIO (DIED IN 203)
Among the most notable characteristics of Christian martyrs during the Roman imperial period was the manner in which they died–that is, courageously. They therefore helped to convert many observers. This was the case with regard to St. Porfirio, originally an executioner in the service of the Roman Empire. Our saint came to faith knowing that doing so might cost him his life. It did so at Magnesia, Asia Minor, in 203, during the reign of the Emperor Septimus Severus (193-211).
Those of us who are fortunate enough to live where we have the freedom to practice our religion freely, without the threat of martyrdom, especially at the hand of the state, cannot imagine the courage required for St. Porfirio to confess his Christian faith. Unfortunately, many people can grasp that concept, due to their experiences.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 30, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT ANDREW THE APOSTLE, MARTYR
Almighty God, who gave to your servant Saint Porfirio boldness
to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world,
and courage to die to for this faith:
Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us,
and to suffer gladly for the sake our Lord Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Esdras 2:42-48
Psalm 126 or 121
1 Peter 3:14-18, 22
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 713