Discover and save creative ideas

    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.

    • Ethelyn

      I will gladly die for not stand in my way. Show me no untimely kindness. Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God. I am God's wheat & bread. Pray for me that the animals will be the means of making me a sacrificial victim for God... Saint Ignatius

    • Catholic Answers

      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.

    • Ethelyn

      I no longer take pleasure in perishable food or in the delights of this world I want only God's bread, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, formed from the seed of David, and for drink I crave his blood, which is love that cannot perish. -- Saint Ignatius of Antioch

    • stella christ siem

      St. Ignatius of Antioch, feast day oct 17, "I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire."

    • Leonel Roget

      Martyrdom of St. Ignatius of Antioch "From Syria even to Rome I fight with wild beasts, by land and sea, by night and by day, being bound amidst ten leopards, even a company of soldiers, who only grow worse when they are kindly treated..."

    • Ethelyn

      Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord's Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death. -- Saint Ignatius of Antioch

    • Sr. Margaret Kerry

      The present Bishop of Damascus writes about Syria today - with letters from St. Ignatius of Antioch (Syria) corresponding to his hopes and suffering.

    • 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

    • Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

      One Quote from St. Ignatius Converted this Guy to Catholicism?

    People also love

    There is a legend that after St Paul's return to Rome he preached at the court of the emperor Nero. By this his favorite concubine found faith in Jesus. For this he was tried. But though the grace of God was spared, in his own words, from the mouth of the lion (that is, from the wild beasts in the circus). But he was cast into prison. And after nine months of imprisonment he was beheaded by the sword as a Roman citizen.

    Printed Book of Hours (Use of Rome): fol. 102v, St. Sebastian | Cleveland Museum of Art

    Saint Mina turned down an offer to sacrifice to pagan gods, and received a most cruel torment, after which he was beheaded in 304. The body of the holy martyr was ordered to be burned. Christians gathered at night, from the fire, the surviving remnants of the martyr and put his name on the temple which had been built to honor the end of persecution in the Great Mines of suffering and death.

    Agrikolay greeted Blasius, calling upon strange gods. The Saint called the pagan gods demons, was subjected to severe beating, and was taken to prison. Seven Christian women took the idols and drowned them in the deepest place. They stoically endured torture. Their bodies transformed becoming white as snow. Milk flowed from their wounds. One had two young sons who asked their mother how they could get to heaven. She told them to take care of the Bishop. The seven holy wives were beheaded.

    St. Mark, in anticipation of his end, hastened to leave behind a successor - Bishop Ananias and three elders. Soon after, pagans attacked the Apostle during a service, beat him, dragged him through the streets, and threw him into prison. At night, the Savior appeared to him and inspired him. The next morning a crowd of pagans again accosted him with the intent of taking him to be judged. But on the way, The Evangelist died with the words: "Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."

    The spiritual power emanating from the Apostle Peter was so strong that even his shadow moved to those lying on the street sick and healed them. This message was written shortly before the martyrdom of the Apostle Peter: "I know that soon I must leave off this my tabernacle (body), as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me." At the end of his life, the Apostle Peter went back to Rome where he was martyred in '67 by crucifixion upside down.

    The Martyr Simeon: After the murder of the Apostle James, the first bishop of Jerusalem, the Christians chose in his place the Apostle Simon. During the reign of Emperor Trajan (98 - 117) the Roman governor told Atticus that Saint Simeon came from the line of King David (the Romans destroyed all descendants of King David), and professed the Christian faith. The pagans arrested St. Simeon, who at that time was already a hundred year old man, and after much suffering he was crucified on the cross.

    Being present at the death of the Holy Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica, St Lupus dipped his clothes in his blood and took the ring from his hand. With his clothing, ring, and the name Demetrius, Luppus worked many miracles. He smashed the pagan idols for which he was persecuted by the heathen but the power of God was preserved intact. Holy Luppus voluntarily surrendered himself into the hands of torturers, and by order of Emperor Maximian Galerius was beheaded by the sword († after 306).

    Ad Imaginem Dei: St. Agatha, My Newest Patron

    Martyrdom St. John---St.Cyprian of Carthage----St.Apollonia. France c. 1475-80. Maitre Francois. Hague 10A11 KB

    Illuminated manuscript, Prayer book of Bishop Leonhard von Laymingen of Passau, Martyrdom of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Walters Manuscript W.163, fol. 138r by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

    Amherst Hours, "St. Margaret" (with dragons) Walters Manuscript W.167, fol. 101v ~ This book of hours was written in Dutch in the fifteenth century for the use of Utrecht. The Hours of the Virgin and of the Cross are accompanied here by the Dutch translation of Henry Suso's "Cursus aeternae sapientiae," a text that was particularly popular for private devotion in the Netherlands.

    Giovanni di Paolo, Detail of the Beheading of St. john the Baptist, The Art Institute of Chicago, ca. 1455-60.

    Bibliothèque nationale de France, Latin 757, f. 296v (St Anthony assailed by demons). Missale ad usum fratrum minorum. Milan, c.1385-90.

    At trial, St. Basil resolutely rejected the proposal to become a high priest of the emperor and was sentenced to death. Elpidifor paid money to appease the soldiers, and they allowed the saint to pray and talk with friends before his execution. After this, the saint said to the executioner: "Friend, do what you were ordered," - and quietly got up under the impact of the sword.

    The Apostle James calmly listened to his death sentence and continued to bear witness to Christ. One of the informants was called Josiah. When the apostle was led to execution, Josiah fell at his feet, confessed his sin and begged for forgiveness. The Apostle hugged, kissed him and said, "Peace be upon you, and forgiveness." Then Josiah publicly professed faith in Christ and was beheaded along with St. James in '44 in Jerusalem.

    The Great Martyr Theodore of Tyrone was subjected to cruel tortures and thrown into prison. Here, during prayer, he was consoled by a miraculous appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. After some time the Martyr was taken from prison and subjeccted to various tortures again. Finally, seeing the firmness of the martyr, the leader sentenced him to be burned. St. Theodore fearlessly went to the stake, and there with prayers and hymns gave his soul to God about the year 305.

    Wearing a skirt topped with a sweater is the perfect excuse to wearing summery clothes when it's still cold outside ❄

    Available @ Anthropologie Marbled Waters Shift Dress. By Maeve Anthropologie. Only $80.00!

    Mexican style