Feast Day 17th OCTOBER
St. Ignatius, it was said thou converted to Christianity as a child. Along with St. Polycarp, thou wert said to be a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. St. Peter himself appointed thee bishop of Antioch. Because thou called thyself Theophorus, or ‘God bearer’, a tradition arose that thou wert one of the children Christ Himself held and blessed in the Gospels. Thou tookest thy duties as bishop seriously – protecting thy flock from heresy, being a gentle pastor, and protecting thine people from persecutions. When thou wert asked to make a sacrifice to the gods and refused, thou wert arrested and sent to Rome. On the way thou wrote several letters to the people of Antioch. Under Emperor Trajan, thou wert sent to the colosseum to be devoured by lions. Thou died as a brave soldier of Christ.
St. Ignatius, thou art one of the Fathers of the Church; pray for Her now as She gears up for Her final battle. St. Ignatius, thou wert a kind and tender pastor; pray for all our parish priests, that they may draw people ever more closer to Christ by exemplifying His mercy and goodness. St. Ignatius, thou wert not afraid to die as a martyr for our Lord; pray for all those who are dying this day. Amen.
St. Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us!
Prayer sourced from WarriorOfGod.net