Thursday, March 25, 2010


Polycarp was the Bishop of Smyrna and is ranked among the Apostolic Fathers - the generation of early leaders of the Christian church immediately after the original Apostles. He is considered a saint in both the Eastern and Western traditions. As depicted in LEGO by AKMA, Polycarp is held to have been taught directly by John, and he later taught others, including St. Irenaeus.

As an old man, Polycarp was martyred for refusing to burn incense to the Roman Emperor. It is said that the fire did not burn him, so the soldiers stabbed him and he bled to death.

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