St. Polycarp

Polycarp became a disciple of the apostle John when John was very old. Polycarp learned the faith well and then began to teach others. He was arrested by the Romans, who told him to swear an oath by the pagan gods and they would set him free. Polycarp’s brave response was, “I have served my King for eighty-six years, and He has never done me wrong. Why should I betray Him now?” His loyalty to Christ cost him his life but brought him glory in heaven.

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