“As a pilot calls on winds and a storm-tossed mariner looks homeward, so the times call on you to win your way to God. As God’s athlete, be sober; the stake is immortality and eternal life.” St. Ignatius of Antioch
Our father among the saints Ignatius the God-bearer of Antioch (d. AD 107) was the third bishop of Antioch, after the Apostle Peter and Euodios, whom Ignatius succeeded around AD 68. Ignatius, who also called himself Theophorus (“God-bearer”), was a disciple of both Apostles Peter and John. His feast day is celebrated on December 20.
- By sharing in the ways of the Apostles,
- you became a successor to their throne.
- Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine contemplation,
- O inspired one of God;
- by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith,
- even to the shedding of your blood.
- Hieromartyr Ignatius, entreat Christ God to save our souls.