St. Polycarp


January 1, AD 69
February 23, AD 155
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Christian martyrs--Biography, Polycarp,--Saint, Bishop of Smyrna, Fathers of the church, Ignatius,--Saint, Bishop of Antioch,, Apostolic Fathers,


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When one thinks of the Apostolic Fathers, one of the first names that comes to mind is Polycarp. Polycarp served as a Bishop of Smyrna. While he lived a pious life and set a Christian example for others to emulate, it is his death that he is most remembered for. At the age of 86, he was martyred for his faith. As a disciple of John, Polycarp had learned there is nothing more precious than one's salvation in the Lord. Even life itself is less important than holding to one's faith in Jesus Christ. Polycarp was bound to a stake and burned. He was also pieced with a spear. His death and statement of faith were recorded for the ages and served as an inspiration to others being persecuted. Polycarp was born in 69 and was martyred in 155.

Wailand Groenendyk
CCEL Staff Writer

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