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𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲: 𝐀 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟕 • 𝐒𝐭. 𝐈𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐡
𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐓
Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. 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 Rome.
Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Five of these letters are to churches in 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 Smyrna, who was later martyred for the faith. The final letter begs the Christians in Rome not to try to stop his martyrdom. “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.”
Ignatius bravely met the lions in the Circus Maximus.
𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦, 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘺, 𝘮𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘺, 𝘮𝘺 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘮𝘺 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭, 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦, 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥; 𝘐 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶. 𝘋𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭, 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦. 𝘎𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦; 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥