Sunday, August 25, 2019

St. Ignatius of Antioch Feast Day – October 17 – Saint of the Day

The Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr is the Patron Saint of

1. Church in Eastern Mediterranean
2. Church in North Africa

St. Ignatius of Antioch Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Bishops who became Saints

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr brief life History

Date of Birth 15 May 35 A.D
Country of Birth Turkey in Europe
Profession An early Christian writer and Bishop of Antioch, martyr and Church Father
Place of Work Antioch
Date of Death 6 July 108 (aged 73)
Place of Death Rome, Roman Empire
St. Ignatius of Antioch Feast Day October 17
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of 1. Church in Eastern Mediterranean
2. Church in North Africa

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr Short life History

St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, was the disciple of St. John. When Domitian persecuted the Church, St. Ignatius obtained peace for his own flock by fasting and prayer. But for his part he desired to suffer with Christ, and to prove himself a perfect disciple.

In the year 107, Trajan came to Antioch, and forced the Christians to choose between apostasy and death. “Who art thou, poor devil,” the emperor said when Ignatius was brought before him, “who settest our commands at naught?” “Call not him ‘poor devil,’” Ignatius answered, “who bears God within him.”

And when the emperor questioned him about his meaning, Ignatius explained that he bore in his heart Christ crucified for his sake. Thereupon the emperor condemned him to be torn to pieces by wild beasts at Rome. St. Ignatius thanked God, Who had so honored him, “binding him in the chains of Paul, His apostle.”

He journeyed to Rome, guarded by soldiers, and with no fear except of losing the martyr’s crown. He was devoured by lions in the Roman amphitheatre. The wild beasts left nothing of his body, except a few bones, which were reverently treasured at Antioch, until their removal to the Church of St. Clement at Rome, in 637. After the martyr’s death, several Christians saw him in vision standing before Christ, and interceding for them.

Today’s St. Ignatius of Antioch Feast Day Quote:

Ask St. Ignatius to obtain for you the grace of profiting by all you have to suffer, and rejoicing in it as a means of likeness to your crucified Redeemer.

St. Ignatius of Antioch Feast Day
St. Ignatius of Antioch Feast Day