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  • 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

  • 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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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).

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.

One day St Spyridon walked into an empty church, kindle the lamps and candles, and began the divine service. Proclaiming "Peace to all," he and the deacon heard in response "a great many voices". With each litany the invisible choir sang "Lord, have mercy." Hearing the singing coming from the church, some people in the vicinity rushed to her. As they approached, a wonderful singing filled their ears . But when they entered they saw no one except the Bishop with a few servants of the church.

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.

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