Read the Fathers: Polycarp of Smyrna

Polycarp (69-155) was a second century bishop of Smyrna. Irenaeus and Tertullian stated that Polycarp was a disciple of St. John the Apostle.

Today and tomorrow, we will be reading two works, the Letter to the Philippians and the Martyrdom of Polycarp.

According to the Martyrdom, Polycarp was burned at the stake and stabbed because the fire would not touch him.

He is considered to be one of the three chief Apostolic Fathers (along with Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch).

Polycarp is commemorated in the Lutheran Church on February 23.


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