Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr of Smyrna

February 23, 2018 all-day
Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr of Smyrna

St. Polycarp’s martyrdom is one of the most well-documented events of ancient history.
To save his life he only needed to say the words “Caesar is Lord.” Instead he replied: “For eighty-six years I have served Christ, and he never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?” He was then burned at the stake, and it is said that the flames enfolded him like great angel wings.