Schaff: The Veneration of Saints began as a Remembrance of Martyrs

In the first three centuries the veneration of the martyrs in general restricted itself to the thankful remembrance of their virtues and the celebration of the day of their death as the day of their heavenly birth. This celebration usually took place at their graves. So the church of Smyrna annually commemorated its bishop Polycarp, … Continue reading Schaff: The Veneration of Saints began as a Remembrance of Martyrs