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The Encyclical Epistle of the Church at Smyrna Concerning the Martyrdom of the Holy Polycarp

The Church of God which sojourns at Smyrna, to the Church of God sojourning in Philomelium,420420    Some read, “Philadelphia,” but on inferior authority. Philomelium was a city of Phrygia. and to all the congregations421421    The word in the original is ποροικίαις, from which the English “parishes” is derived. of the Holy and Catholic Church in every place: Mercy, peace, and love from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, be multiplied.

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