Thursday, July 10, 2008


Yesterday, the devotional my church uses mentioned Polycarp. In the devotional we read,
"Polycarp was a personal friend of the apostle John, and as a young man he had been discipled by the apostle."

I thought I would take some time tonight to point people to more information bout Polycarp.

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna (ca. 69 – ca. 155) was a second century bishop of Smyrna. He died a martyr when he was stabbed after an attempt to burn him at the stake failed. Polycarp is recognized as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches.

Our chief sources of information concerning St. Polycarp are: (1) the Epistles of St. Ignatius; (2) St. Polycarp's own Epistle to the Philippians; (3) sundry passages in St. Irenæus; (4) the Letter of the Smyrnaeans recounting the martyrdom of St. Polycarp.
Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia

Here is the link to the excellent article on Polycarp found at

If you would like to read Polycarp's letter to the Philippians you can do so at this link:
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