February 8, 2017

Saints Philadelphos and Polykarpos


Philadelphos and Polykarpos,
Were friends till the end of their lives.

Saints Philadelphos and Polykarpos are commemorated together on both October 25th and February 8th with the same iambic verses. However, on October 25th the Synaxarion of Constantinople says they reposed in peace, while on February 8th it says they died as martyrs. The Menologion of Basil II for February 8th confirms that Saint Philadelphos was a martyr, though it says nothing of Saint Polykarpos.