St. Ignatius of antioch
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Ignatius of Antioch, also known as Ignatius Theophorus, was an early Christian writer and Bishop of Antioch. He is considered to be one of the three most important of the Apostolic Fathers, together with Clement of Rome and Polycarp. Tradition identifies Ignatius, along with his friend Polycarp, as disciples of John the Apostle. Instead of being executed in his home town of Antioch, Ignatius was escorted to Rome by a company of ten Roman soldiers. While en route to Rome, Ignatius authored seven letters including one to the Ephesians, one to the Magnesians, one to the Trallians, one to the Romans, one to the Philadelphians, one to the Smyrnaeans, and one to his contemporary, Polycarp. At Rome, he was martyred under Emperor Trajan by being “thrown to the beasts” in the coliseum.
Quotes & Excerpts:
“Speak to my sisters that they be content with their husbands in body and soul. Exhort my brothers to love their wives as the Lord loved the Church.If anyone is able to remain continent, to the honor of the Lord, let him remain so without boasting… It is proper for those who wish to marry to be united with the consent of the Bishop, so that their marriage will be acceptable to the Lord..
– Letter to Polycarp 5:1 (Written in 107 A.D.)
“And after the observance of the Sabbath, let every friend of Christ keep the Lord’s Day as a festival, the resurrection day, the queen and chief of all the feast days. Prefiguring this, the prophet declared: ‘To the end, for the eighth day.’ On which our life was both renewed and victory over death was obtained by Christ.”
– Letter to the Magnesians Chapter 9
(Written in 107 A.D.)
“Do nothing without the bishop, always keep your body as the temple of God, love unity, flee from divisions, be imitators of Jesus Christ, as he was imitator of the Father.”
– Letter to the Philadelphians 7:1-2
(Written in 107 A.D.)
“For where there is division and wrath, God does not dwell. To all them that repent, the Lord grants forgiveness, if they tum in penitence to the unity of God, and to communion with the bishop.”
-Letter to the
(Written 107 A.D.)
“For even Jesus Christ, our inseparable life, is the manifested will of the Father; So also Bishops, settled everywhere to the utmost bounds of the earth, are the will of Jesus Christ… Let us be careful, then, not to set ourselves in opposition to the bishop, in order that we may be subject to God.”
-Letter to the Ephesians (Written 107 A.D)
“Those [Jewish Christians] who were brought up in the ancient customs have come to a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in observance of the Lord’s Day, on which we came to new life through Christ by His death!”
– Letter to the Magnesians
(Written 107 A.D.)
“In like manner let everyone respect the deacons as they would respect Jesus Christ, and just as they respect the bishop as a type of the Father, and the presbyters as the council of God and college of the apostles. Without these, it cannot be called a church.
-Letter to the Trallians 3:1-2 Written 107 A.D.)
“You have envied no one; but others you have taught. I desire only that what you have enjoined in your instruction may remain in force.
-Letter to the Romans, Ch 3:1 Written 107 A.D.)
“My brethren, I am overflowing with love for you, and am exceedingly joyful in watching over you. Yet, in chains for His sake, 1 am more fearful because I am not yet perfected.
Your prayer, however, will make me perfect for God, so that I may win the lot that has mercifully fallen to me… The prophets also do I love, for they announced the Gospel and hoped in Him and awaited Him. They are saints worthy of love and admiration.
-Letter to the Philadelphians 5:1 (Written 107 A.D.)
“Now, therefore, it has been my privilege to see you in the person of your God-inspired bishop, Damas; and in the persons of your worthy presbyters, Bassus and Apollonius; and my fellow-servant, the deacon, Zotion.
What a delight is his company!
For he is subject to the bishop as to the grace of God, and to the presbytery as to the law of Jesus Christ.”
– Letter te the Magnesians 2 Written 107 A.D.)
“Take care, therefore, to be confirmed in the decrees of the Lord and of the apostles, in order that in everything you do, you may prosper in body and in soul..
with your most reverend bishop; and with that fittingly woven spiritual crown, the presbytery; and with the deacons.
Be subject to the Bishop as Jesus Christ was subject to the Father and the Apostles were subject to Christ, so that there might be unity in both body and spirit.”
– Letter to the Magnesians 13:1-2 Written 107 A.D.)
“Let no one be deceived:
even the heavenly beings and the angels in their glory, and rulers both visible and invisible,
-even for these there will be judgment, if they do not believe in the Blood of Christ.”
-Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:1
(Written 107 A.D.)
“Take care, then, to use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God:
For there is one flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup in the union of his blood;
one altar, as there is one bishop. with the presbytery and my fellow servants, the deacons.”
-Letter to the Philadelphians 4:1 (Written 110 A.D)
“Therefore it is fitting that you should live in harmony with the will of the bishop, as indeed you do. For your justly famous presbytery, worthy of God, is attuned to the bishop as the strings to a harp. Therefore by your concord and harmonious love Jesus Christ is being sung. Now do each of you join in this choir, that being harmoniously in concord you may receive the key of God in unison, and sing with one voice through Jesus Christ to the Father, that he may both hear you and may recognize, through your good works, that you are members of his Son.”
-Letter to the Ephesians 4:1-2: (Written 107 A. D.)
“I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life.
1 desire the Bread of God which is the flesh of Jesus Christ.”
– Letter to the Romans (Written in 107 A.D.)
“Those indeed who belong to God and to Jesus Christ, they are with the Bishop.
And those who repent and come to the unity of the Church, they too shall be of God and be living according to Jesus Christ.
Be not deceived, my brethren:
If anyone follows a schismatic, he will not inherit the kingdom of God; if anyone walks in strange doctrine (heresy), he has no part in the passion of Christ.
-Letter of Ignatius to the Philadelphians 3:2-3
(Written in 107 A.D.)
“Take care to do all things in harmony with God, with the Bishop presiding in the place of God and with the presbyters in the place of the council of the Apostles, and with the deacons, who are most dear to me, entrusted with the business of Jesus Christ.”
– Letter to the Magnesians 6:1 (Written 107 A.D.)
“It becomes you not to presume on the youth of the Bishop, but to show him all reverence in consideration of the authority of God the Father: just as even the holy presbyters do not take advantage of his outwardly youthful appearance, but yield to him in their
Godly prudence: yet not to him, but to Jesus Christ, the Bishop of all.
-Letter to the Magnesians 3:1
(Written 107 A.D.)
“See that you all follow the bishop, just as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as you would the Apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God.
Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop.”
-Letter to the Smyrnaeans, Ch 8:1 (Written 107 A.D.)
“Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God..
They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the Flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in his goodness, raised up again.
They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes.”
– Letter to the Smyrnaeans, Ch 6:2 (Written 107 A.D.)
“Indeed, when you submit to the bishop as you would to Jesus Christ, it is clear to me that you are living not in the manner of men but as Jesus Christ, who died for us, that through faith in his death you might escape dying.
It is necessary, therefore -as is your practice-that you do nothing without the bishop, and that you also be subject to the presbytery, as to the apostles of Jesus Christ… It is necessary also that the deacons, the dispensers of the sacraments of Jesus Christ, be in every way pleasing to all men.”
-Letter to the Trallians 2:1-3 (Written 110 A.D.)
“Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is administered either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it.
Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude of the people also be; even as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.”
-Letter to the Smyrnaeans, Ch 8:1
Written in 107 A.D.)
“Ignatius, also called Theophorus, to the Church that has found mercy in the greatness of the Most High Father and in Jesus Christ, his only son;. to the Church wich also holds the presidency in the place of the country of the Romans, worthy of God, worthy of honor, worthy of blessing, worthy of praise, worthy of success, worthy of sanctification, and because you hold the presidency of love, named after Christ and named after the Father; here therefore do I salute in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father.”
-Letter to the Romans: Intro (written 107 A.D.)
“He that is within the sanctuary is pure; but whomever is outside the sanctuary is not pure.
In other words,
anyone who acts without the bishop and the presbytery and the deacons does not have a clear conscience.”
-Letter to the Trallians, 7:2 (Written 107 A.D.)