Daybreak for February 23, 2024

  • Friday of the First Week of Lent
  • Commemoration of St. Polycarp, 69-155; bishop of Smyrna, disciple of Saint John the Apostle and friend of Saint Ignatius of Antioch; only one of the many letters written by Polycarp has been preserved, the one he wrote to the Church of Philippi in Macedonia; at 86, Polycarp was led into the crowded Smyrna stadium to be burned alive. The flames did not harm him and he was finally killed by a dagger
  • Office of Readings and Morning Prayer for 2/23/24
  • Gospel: Matthew 5:20-26