Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian Prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perennis, arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. Perennis demanded that Apollonius denounce the faith, and when he refused, the case was remanded to the Roman senate. There a debate took place between Perennis and Apollonius that clearly outlines the beauty and the value of Christianity. Despite his eloquent defense, Apollonius was condemned and beheaded.
As Christian faithful, we must defend to what we believe in, even to the point of losing our life. Martyrdom is a grace from God but not given to anyone. Are you willing if God calls you to this vocation ?
Lord God, you call us to live a life of holiness and sanctity. Through the example of St. Apollonius we may be strengthen to proclaim Our Faith to the people who know You not. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.