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PAGE 6 POST-GAZE'I-rE, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 Saint Polycarp by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, disciple of Saint John the Apostle, and friend of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, was a revered Christian leader during the first half of the second century The Feast of Saint Polycarp celebrates the life of an early Christian martyr who is little known to most of us. We do know that he was born in Asia Minor in the year 69 AD. We know that Saint Irenaeus, an early Christian Father, heard the preaching of Saint Polycarp who was a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist. Irenaeus regarded the memory of Polycarp as a link to the Apostles. In particular, he heard the account of Polycarp's discussion with John and with others who had seen Jesus: In his letters, he writes that he saw and heard Polycarp personally in lower Asia. He notes, I seem to hear him now relate how he conversed with John and many others who had seen Jesus Christ, the words he had heard from their mouths. Irenaeus also reports that Polycarp was converted to Christianity by apostles, was consecrated a bishop, and communicated with many who had seen Jesus. He repeatedly emphasizes the very great age of Polycarp who was martyred at 86, having been condemned by the Romans for being a Christian. The Asia Minor Churches recognized Polycarp's leadership by choosing him as a representative to discuss with Pope Anicetus the date of the Easter celebration in Rome, a major controversy in the early Church. At 86, Polycarp was led into the crowded Smyrna stadium to be burned alive. What happened next struck Polycarp's companions with amazement; they recorded the sight in the letter that they circulated after Polycarp's death. "As the flame blazed forth in great fury," they wrote, "we to whom it was given to witness it, beheld a great miracle." The fire did not seem to touch the bishop's body. Rather, as they described, "shaping itself into the form of an arch, it encompassed-- as by a circle -- the body of the martyr. And he appeared within not like flesh which is burnt, but as bread that is baked, or as gold and s'flver glowing in a furnace." "Moreover, we perceived such a sweet odor coming from the flames -- as ff frankincense or some such precious spices had been burning there." The executioners perceived that Polycarp's death was not going as planned. Losing patience, they ordered him to be stabbed to death. Saint Polycarp has been venerated as a Saint since his death in 155. The feast of Saint Polycarp is celebrated on February 23rd. FUNCTION FA CILITY Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 J this WINTER, For a compli M hu G Guide, call I MASS, ext. 300. LIBRARY .ANNOUNCES WEDDING CEREMONY GIVEAWAY Six Lucky Couples to Exchange Vows in the Courtyard of One of Boston's Most Historic Institutions This June for Free The Boston Public Library is offering six couples the chance to exchange vows surrounded by thousands of love stories on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in the iconic Itaiianate courtyard at the Central Library. Beginning Monday, February 6% through Sunday, March 12, 2017, an online lottery be available via ceremonygive- away. Couples will be randomly selected and notified no later than Monday, March 13, 2017. "Long a much sought-after wedding venue, this initiative offers everyone regardless of economic capacity a chance to have Boston Public Library be a part of their lives on this special occasion, and we hope to see many applicants with a strong Boston or Massachusetts connection apply," said David Leonard, President of the Bos- ton Public Library. "I extend my thanks to our sponsors whose efforts will enhance these cer- emonies and provide lasting memories for the newlyweds." Each of the selected couples will be invited to the Boston Public Library's Central Li- brary for a morning wedding ceremony while the building is closed to the public. Included in the package are pre-ceremony light breakfast and beverages compliments of The Catered Af- fair, bouquets and boutonnieres provided by Artistic Blossoms, ceremony music performed by Anima of Music Management, ceremony and mini-session photography provided by An- gelina Rose Photography, com- memorative takeaway gifts compliments of the Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair, and ceremonies officiated by Justice of the Peace Thomas A. Welch. Additional details: Registrants must be at least eighteen (18) years old by the time of entry. Only one entry per couple will be accepted. Each couple will be allowed a maximum of eight (8) guests. Winner notification will include a set time period for ac- cess on Sunday, June 11, 2017 - unfortunately adjustments cannot be accommodated. Winners must complete a wedding ceremony agreement within 72 hours to claim their prize. Couples are responsible for coordinating their own marriage license for the officiant to sign. All vendors have been pre- selected; additional vendors will not be permitted. Each couple will be onsite for approximately one (1) hour - this includes a 15-minute cer- emony followed by a 30-minute mini-photography session. Please visit ceremonygiueaway for addi- tional rules and conditions of the giveaway, and contact the Special Events Office with any questions at 617-859-2212 or events@bpl, org with the subj ect line "BPL Wedding Ceremony Giveaway." Boston Public Library hosts private events year-round fea- turing ornately designed spaces with a variety of capacities that are ideal settings for holiday parties, corporate conferences, weddings, and more. Visit www. bpl. org/ central/ euentspaces. him or email for more information. ACROSS 1. Bars on guitars 6. Olden-day aerosol can propellant 9. invitation request 13. Chinese fruit 14. "Say whaW 15. Kind of space 16. *8-time Grammy winner and "Climax" (2012) performer 17. Victorian time, e.g. 18. Mickey Mouse's pet 19. 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