Role of St. Justin Martyr
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "The role
of St. Justin may be summed up in one word: it is that
of a witness. We behold in him one of the highest and
purest pagan souls of his time in contact with Christianity,
compelled to accept its irrefragable truth, its pure
moral teaching, and to admire its superhuman constancy.
He is also a witness of the second-century Church which
he describes for us in its faith, its life, its worship,
at a time when Christianity yet lacked the firm organization
that it was soon to develop but the larger outlines
of whose constitution and doctrine are already luminously
drawn by Justin. Finally, Justin was a witness for Christ
St. Justin Martyr lived during the second century. He
converted to Christianity around 130 A.D. and wrote
many works in the defense and teaching of Christianity.
St. Justin's philosophical and theological writings
advanced the structure and stability of the early Christian
St. Justin Martyr on the Mass
In St. Justin's work, First Apology, he gives an explanation
of the Mass and the reason Christians gather together
"And on the day called Sunday, all who live
in cities or in the country gather together to one place.
And the memoirs of the Apostles or the writings of the
Prophets are read, as long as time permits. Then, when
the reader has ceased, the priest verbally instructs
us and exhorts us to imitate these good things. Then
we all rise together and pray. And, as we said before,
when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are
brought. Then, the priest in like manner offers prayers
and thanksgivings, according to his ability. And the
people assent, saying 'Amen.' Then, the Eucharist is
distributed to everyone, and everyone participates in
that over which thanks has been given. And a portion
of it is sent by the deacons to those who are absent."
St. Justin Martyr ("First Apology," c. 160
Catholics Today and St. Justin
Catholics today celebrate Mass every Sunday, just as
St. Justin Martyr taught in his writing. They gather
together to celebrate a life with Jesus Christ and follow
his teachings. Many Catholics wear a St. Justin medal
or a St. Justin necklace in memory of this saint who
was instrumental in the development of the early sacrament
of the Mass.
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