Born in Syria, Saint Ignatius converted to Christianity and became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced all Christians to choose between death or Christianity. Ignatius refused to deny Christ so he was put to death. He’s well known for his 5 letters, explaining why to remain faithful to the Lord and respectful to elders.
St. Ignatius, you were a kind and tender pastor. Pray for all our parish priests that they may draw people ever more closer to Christ by exemplifying His mercy and goodness. St. Ignatius, you were not afraid to die as a martyr for our Lord. Pray for all those who are dying this day, amen.