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    On the day of the pagan feast of December 20th in 107 AD, St Ignatius was taken into the arena of the circus and he appealed to the people: "Men of Rome, you know I was sentenced to death not for any crime but for the sake of my God -- the One I desire to embrace and to whom we all seek. I am His wheat, to be ground by his teeth; and so I will be to the animals, as to Him, pure bread." Immediately thereafter, the lions were released.

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      October 17th - St. Ignatius of Antioch: A holy man who was deeply loved by the Christian faithful, he always made it his special care to defend orthodoxy (right teaching) and orthopraxy (right practice) among the early Christians.

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      St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr & Church Father. (b.35-d.107). Patron Saint of the Church in eastern Mediterranean & Church in North Africa.

    • Yvette Bergeron

      St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr & Church Father. (b.35-d.107). Patron Saint of the Church in eastern Mediterranean & Church in North Africa. Honored in Oriental Orthodox Churches, Eastern Christianity, Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheranism. Ignatius is one of the five Apostolic Fathers (the earliest authoritative group of the Church Fathers). He based his authority on being a Bishop of the Church, living his life in the imitation of Christ. Feast Day October 17. YBH

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