February 23 - St. Polycarp (69?-155)

Martyr, Disciple of St. John the Evangelist
At 86, Polycarp was led into the crowded Smyrna stadium to be burned alive. The flames did not harm him and he was finally killed by a dagger. The centurion ordered the saint’s body burned. The “Acts” of Polycarp’s martyrdom are the earliest preserved, fully reliable account of a Christian martyr’s death.

About/Listen (Franciscan Media Saint of the Day)

Quote when asked to deny Christ

Polycarp Coloring Page (myhomeschoolprintables.net)
Polycarp Coloring Page (Snowflake Clockwork Blog)

Video from Apostleship of Prayer, 2 min

CCTN's Discovering our Saints 3 min

Movie Polycarp and Perpetua (2009, NR, 25 min), free with Amazon Prime as of 2/23/17
Movie Polycarp (2015, PG, 90 min), free with Amazon Prime as of 2/23/17