He was taken from his hiding place, making no effort to resist.
He offered his captors food and drink, then asked for time to pray, which he did for two hours.
Again, they asked him to sacrifice to the emperor. “Swear by the genius of Caesar and we will release you,” they said.
He replied, “Eighty-six years I have served Him, and He never did me wrong. How then can I blaspheme my King, who has saved me?”
He stood by the stake and asked not to be tied to it.
They gathered wood for the pile.
The fire was lit but the wind drove the flames away from him and prolonged his suffering, so a soldier plunged a sword into him to end his suffering.
What happened at Smyrna eventually happened across Asia Minor.
Many Christians fled for their lives.
Some went underground in Cappadocia.