St. Apollinaris was the Bishop of Hierapolis, Phrygia, and was famed for his teaching and writings. He was called “the Apologist”. He attacked various heretics, especially the Encratites and Montanists. In an “apologia” to Marcus Aurelius he told of a miracle attributed to the 12th Legion, which was mainly Christian, wherein they defeated the enemy when they were completely surrounded in Moravia. They fell on their knees and begged God for water and suddenly rain fell and revived the soldiers. This enabled them to conquer the Germans. The “apologia” resulted in an imperial edict forbidding the denunciation of Christians for their religion. Marcus Arelius named the Legion “Thundering Legion”. Unfortunately, none of Apollinaris’ writings survived.
FEAST DAY: January 8