Book of Saints – Polycarp – 26 January

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna from 'Pictorial Lives of the Saints'Article

(Saint) Bishop, Martyr (January 26) (2nd century) Converted to Christianity by Saint John the Evangelist, about A.D. 80, he became Bishop of Smyrna, and was one of the most famous Martyrs of antiquity. The Circular Letter of the Church of Smyrna recounting the details of his death has happily been preserved. He was burned alive (A.D. 166) with twelve other Christians, under the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. His tomb at Smyrna is still shown. His Epistle to the Philippians is the only one of his writings that remains to us; but he is frequently referred to by the Fathers, especially by Saint Jerome and by Saint Irenseus, the latter his disciple.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Polycarp”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 November 2016. Web. 23 January 2019. <>