Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr RSS

Happy Feast Day, St. Ignatius of Antioch 💙

St. Ignatius of Antioch was born in Syria, Ignatius Theophorus, around the year 50. He was one of the Church Fathers, whom we celebrate today, October 17th. Martyr, Bishop, and Apostle. He was a disciple of the Apostle John and the Apostle Peter, consecrated to serve the Church as Bishop around the year 69.

His zeal for the Lord was unmatched, and he suffered all of his life because of it, to the point of death. He led the Church of Antioch through many persecutions by determined kings to exterminate Christians. St. Ignatius never backed down and, with peaceful sacrifice, protected Christians with his admirable leadership and faith in God. 

His most significant contribution to Christians besides his courageous witness of faith and steadfast love for Christ in martyrdom were seven letters or Epistles that he wrote on his journey to Rome after being arrested to be killed by Roman Emperor Trajan in the year 107. 

St. Ignatius' love for the Lord and his desire for eternal life were tested. His passion was as real as dying for the sake of Christ devoured by lions in the year 117.

Prayer to St. Ignatius of Antioch:

I am the wheat of God,

and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts,

that I may be found the pure bread of God.

I long after the Lord,

the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ.

Him I seek, who died for us and rose again.

I am eager to die for the sake of Christ.

My love has been crucified,

and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me,

and it says to me inwardly:

"Come to the Father." 

 

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Pray for Us 🙏

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