St. Polycarp—Letter to the Philippians
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“The letter of Ignatius sent to us by himself and all the others we have here we send you... and from them you will greatly profit.”
Earlier in the week, we heard Ignatius’ Letter to Polycarp; today, we hear from Polycarp himself.
Bishop of Smyrna in the 2nd-century, Polycarp is known to have composed numerous letters, though his Letter to the Philippians is the only one that has survived.
Relevant to the work of this podcast is Polycarp’s insistence on the value of close study of the letters of St. Paul and those of St. Ignatius, whose letters he sent to the Philippians along with this letter.
Mike Aquilina on St. Polycarp: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/episode-5-st-polycarp-and-social-network/Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-apostolic-fathers-walsh-grimm-marique/
Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1626
Theme music: 2 Part Invention, composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.
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