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17 October 2011
  + Saint Ignatius of Antioch +
17 October AD 107

Ignatius of AntiochSt. Ignatius, Pastor and Martyr, was the bishop of Antioch in Syria at the beginning of the second century AD and an early Christian martyr. Near the end of the reign of the Roman emperor Trajan (98-117), Ignatius was arrested, taken in chains to Rome, and eventually thrown to the wild beasts in the arena.

On the way to Rome, he wrote letters to the Christians at Ephesus, Magnesia, Tralles, Rome, Philadelphia, and Smyrna, and also to Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna. In the letters, which are beautifully pastoral in tone, Ignatius warned against certain heresies (false teachings). He also repeatedly stressed the full humanity and deity of Christ, the reality of Christ's bodily presence in the Lord's Supper, the supreme authority of the bishop, and the unity of the Church found in her bishops.

Ignatius was the first to use the word catholic to describe the universality of the Church. His Christ-centeredness, his courage in the face of martyrdom, and his zeal for the truth over against false doctrine remain his lasting legacy to the Church.

Lection

Psalm 116:1-8 or 31:1-5
Romans 8:35-39
John 12:23-26

Collect

Almighty God, we praise you for your bishop and martyr Ignatius of Antioch, who offered himself as grain to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts that he might present to you the pure bread of sacrifice. Accept the willing tribute of our lives, and give us a share in the pure and spotless offering of your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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Comments:
Hey Aardie? Where did you find all your icons? I'm looking for a good set of public domain icons, & I was wondering if you might already know where to find one.

Take care & God bless
Anne / WF
 
Hi back, Anne. I usually just start with Google images and when I see something I like, I start poking around the site to find copyright info. I actually have had to replace one and on another was able to keep it once I credited the source.

Recently, I've also been relying on Wikipedia and Wikipedia Commons since they don't like to use copyright material unless they have permission and there's nothing else available. That's where I grabbed this one several years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ignatius_of_Antioch_2.jpg
 
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