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Polycarp - The Martyrdom of Polycarp

Chapter XVIII.—The body of Polycarp is burned.

Chapter XVIII.--The body of Polycarp is burned.

The centurion then, seeing the strife excited by the Jews, placed the body [468] in the midst of the fire, and consumed it. Accordingly, we afterwards took up his bones, as being more precious than the most exquisite jewels, and more purified [469] than gold, and deposited them in a fitting place, whither, being gathered together, as opportunity is allowed us, with joy and rejoicing, the Lord shall grant us to celebrate the anniversary [470] of his martyrdom, both in memory of those who have already finished their course, [471] and for the exercising and preparation of those yet to walk in their steps.