FEAST OF SAINT GERMANICUS OF SMYRNA, MARTYR
FEAST DAY – 19th JANUARY
Saint Germanicus was a youth who was arrested and martyred for his faith in Smyrna during the reign of the Roman Emperor Antoninus. As Germanicus stood in the arena, facing a wild beast, the Roman proconsul pleaded with him that in view of his youth he should deny his faith to obtain a pardon. But the young man refused to apostatize, and willingly embraced martyrdom.
Germanicus was praised for his courage facing the wild beasts used to kill him, and was referenced in the Martyrdom of Polycarp. At first the animals ignored him, but Germanicus provoked them, just to get it over with. He was Canonized by Pre-Congregation and is represented as a young man with a palm, a young man with a lion, a young man in an amphitheatre with wild animals.
Almighty God, your courageous and bold servant, Saint Germanicus displayed by his life that a fierce love of you can see us through the most terrible paths in life, if we rely on you in trust and complete faith, keeping the flame of our love for you and living in purity and holiness.
May we take the edifying moments of his brief life as an example of how our faith should stir us to be sanctified and fearless in the spirit. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. Amen
Saint Germanicus, pray for us.