Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr

October 17, 2015 all-day

{Evensong 5:15 PM}

A disciple of St. John, he was consecrated second Bishop of Antioch, Syria, by St. Peter in 69 AD.

115 AD – martyred in Rome under Emperor Trajan for refusing to renounce his faith.

Known for: Seven letters of encouragement and instruction to churches that he wrote on the journey between Antioch and Rome. The letters have been held in high esteem throughout the history of the Church. He maintained that the Church’s unity would always spring from liturgy and he defended the reality of both the divinity and humanity of Christ. He was the first to use the term “catholic” to describe the whole Church. His greatest desire was to be martyred for his Lord.