Today is the feast of St. Justin Martyr
June 1 marks the feast day of St. Justin Martyr, an early father of the church and one of the first apologists for the Christian faith. Born at Neapolis around the year 100 A.D., Justin was born in a pagan society and was a pagan philosopher until he converted around the age of 30. After converting, Justin became one of the first great apologists of the Church. Using his skill in philosophy to dispute pagans and explain Christian faith, he taught and defended the faith and even opened a school of debate in Rome. The words of the second Eucharistic prayer in the Mass of the Roman Rite are attributed to this great, early saint.
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Prayer to St. Justin Martyr -
St Justin Martyr, pray for us that we would defend the faith, not just in word, but in deed as you showed by your life and death as a martyr for Our Lord Jesus Christ.
O God, through the folly of the Cross You taught the Blessed Martyr Justin, the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ; grant us, by his intercession to avoid all the deceits of error, and to become steadfast in faith. Through the same, Christ Our Lord.