Book of Saints – Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Saint Ignatius of AntiochArticle

October 17

Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and later became Bishop of Antioch, following Saint Peter.

In the year 107 the Emperor Trajan forced Christians in Antioch to choose between death and the denial of Christ. Ignatius was condemned to be put to death in Rome.

On the long journey to Rome, he wrote seven letters, five of these were to Churches in Asia Minor. The sixth 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 sacrifice 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 pure bread of Christ.”

He was later thrown to the beasts in Rome and died a martyr. Strengthened by the love of God, Ignatius showed great concern for the unity of the Church and faithfulness to Christ.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Ignatius of Antioch”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 19 September 2019. <>