Today is the memorial of St. Polycarp, a disciple of the Apostles and the bishop of Smyrne in Asia Minor. He was martyred in 155, being burned alive in the stadium of Rome. He had gone to that city to speak with Pope Antecletus about the then unanswered question of the date of Easter.
Eye witnesses testified that Polycarp’s body was not touched by the flames; rather, his appearance was irradescent like gold or silver, emitting a pleasing aroma.
The writings of the ancient Church Fathers, i.e., those men who lead the Church for the first 300 years or so, are always so interesting and give such support to our faith as Catholics.
St. Polycarp, pray for us!