Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of . In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Antioch . Rome
Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from
Antioch to . Five of these letters are to Churches in Rome Asia Minor; they urge the Christians there to remain faithful to God and to obey their superiors. He warns them against heretical doctrines, providing them with the solid truths of the Christian faith.
The sixth letter was to Polycarp, bishop of
, who was later martyred for the faith. The final letter begs the Christians in Smyrna not to try to stop his martyrdom. Ignatius bravely met the lions in the Circus Maximus. Rome
"I am writing to all the Churches and I enjoin all, that I am dying willingly for God's sake, if only you do not prevent it. I beg you, do not do me an untimely kindness. The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God. I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ."
~ St Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Romans
St Ignatius of
Antioch Bishop and Martyr First CenturyDisciple of St John the EvangelistFEAST DAY - October 17
"My desire is to belong to God." ~ St Ignatius of Antioch
St Ignatius of Antioch, ora pro nobis!
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