In Memory  

St. Ignatius
the Martyr



St. Ignatius the Martyr

St.Ignatius the Martyr painting

The picture of St. Ignatius
was painted and donated to the parish
by Mr. Giorgio Noaro.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

St. Ignatius, who was also called Ignatius Theophorus, was born in Syria and died in Rome between 98 and 117 a.d.
Saint Ignatius, the third Bishop of Antioch, an early Christian writer and Apostolic Father was a disciple of
St. John the Evangelist.
It was Bishop Ignatius who first used the term "catholic" to describe the whole Church.

The Church at Antioch was subjected to persecution by the Roman Emperor Domitian and
St. Ignatius inspired the members of the Church with hope and strength to maintain their Christian lifestyle.
Later, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan, the emperor had decreed that
Christians would have to join with pagans to worship and offer sacrifices to pagan gods.
The penalty of death would be the result of refusing to offer thoses sacrifices demanded by the emperor Trajan.
St. Ignatius was arrested and accused by the emperor of violating the imperial edict,
and inciting others to refuse his command concerning the sacrifices.
St. Ignatius courageouosly defended the faith and refused to renounce the Christian faith.

Emperor Trajan had him chained, send to Rome under guard, and condemmed to death
to become the food of wild beasts and a spectacle for the people.

During the journey to Rome - St. Ignatius wrote many letters of encouragement to his supporters to maintain their faith.

Extract from letter to the Romans:

"I am God"s wheat and shall be ground by the teeth of wild animals.
I am writing to all the churches to let it be known that I will gladly die for God if only you do not stand in my way.
I plead with you: show me no untimely kindness. Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God.
I am God"s wheat and shall be ground by their teeth so that I may become Christ"s pure bread.
Pray to Christ for me that the animals will be the means of making me a sacrificial victim for God.
No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way.
I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth.
He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire."

He died a martyr"s death in Rome, killed by lions in a Roman ampitheater.
His Feast day is celebrated on October 17.

For more information

St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Ignatius the Martyr

Ignatius of Antioch

For more information from New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia ... St. Ignatius of Antioch

Feb 13 2018 last update LM