Saint Polycarp of Smyrna – Saint of the Day – February 23

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Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Biography

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Profile. Born: 69 AD in Turkey, Europe. Worked in Turkey. Died: 155 AD in Smyrna, Turkey. Feast Day is celebrated on February 23.

The Memorial of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna – Saint of the Day

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death

Date of Birth 69 AD
Country of Birth Turkey in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Bishops
Profession Missionary
Place of Work Turkey
Date of Death 155 AD
Place of Death Smyrna, Turkey
Feast Day February 23
Beatification Beatified by N/A
Canonization Canonized by Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of against dysentery
against earache


Saint Polycarp of Smyrna was an associate and disciple of Saint John the Apostle. He was also a friend of Saint Ignatius of Antioch and Saint Papias being a spiritual teacher of Saint Irenaeus of Lyon. He became the bishop of Smyrna in Turkey. Polycarp was a respected Christian leader during the first half of the second century.

The Asia Minor churches recognized Polycarp’s leadership and chose him to represent Pope Anicetus on the question on the date of the Easter celebration. He has written very many letters but only one has survived, the one he wrote to the Church of Philippi, Macedonia. At age 86, Polycarp was to be burned alive in a stadium in Smyrna. However, the flames did not harm him and he was finally killed by a dagger and his body burned.

The Acts of Polycarp’s killing are the earliest preserved reliable account of a Christian martyr‘s death.

St. Polycarp of Smyrna
St. Polycarp of Smyrna

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