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Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-BearerHoly Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer, the Third Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch

Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer was the third Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch and a Martyr.

Biography

20 December - Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer was the third Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch. He was Patriarch / Batriyark from 68 to 107. He may have been appointed by and or consecrated by The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter or the Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Paul. (Theodoret ("Dial. Immutab.", I, iv, 33a, Paris, 1642) is the authority for the statement that The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter appointed the Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios to Bishop of Antioch.)

Around the year 50, Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer was born in Syria.
For refusing to worship the pagan gods (idols), Emperor Trajan sentenced Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios to be put in chains and taken to Rome to become the food of wild beasts and a spectacle for the people. On the long trip to Rome, he met with many Christians and wrote several letters.
On December 20, 107, Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer was torn to pieces by wild beasts in a Roman amphitheatre.

The Word "Catholic"

The first record of the word "Catholic" is its usage by Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer in the letter to the Smyrnaeans.
The word "Catholic" means "universial" or "whole" or "according to the whole" or "pertaining to the whole".
The English transliteration (Anglicized) is "he katholike ekklesia".
The Latin transliteration (Latinized) is "catholica ecclesia".
kath-hol-ik-e or cat-hol-ic-a has four syllables:
"kath/kata" or "cat" = according to
"hol(os)" = (the) whole
"ik" or "ic" makes it an adjective
"e" or "a" is the feminine ending)
"ekklesia" or "ecclesia" means "church"
"he" means "the"

Name on His Letters

Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer was called "the God-Bearer" because he signed his letters with that name.
Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios wrote in Greek. The Latin transliteration (Latinization) of his signature is "Theophorus". The English transliteration (Anglicization) of his signature is "ho Theophoros". The prefix "Theo" means "God" and the word "phorus" / "phoros" means "carrier" or "bearer". (The word "ho" means "the".) Then, Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios was the "bearer of God" or "carrier of God" or "God-Bearer".

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

26 Nov. - 24 Dec., at every Sunday and feast-day liturgy.

Kontakion of the Preparation (Tone 3)
Today the Virgin is on her way to the cave where she will give birth to the Eternal Word of God in an ineffable manner. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear this news, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds Him who shall appear as a newborn Babe, being God from all eternity.

Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer

Troparion (Tone 4)
O Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios, you lent yourself to the apostles' way of life and succeded them on their throne. Inspired by God, you found the way to contemplation through practice and prayer; wherefore you became a perfect teacher of truth, fighting for the faith unto the shedding of your blood. Intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.

Name

Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer is also know as Holy Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-Bearer.

More information

Hieromartyr St. Ignatios Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

St. Ignatius: An Incognito Pope from Antioch? by Abouna Dmitry Reprinted with permission from Sophia, Fall 2008, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States

St. Ignatios of Antioch Catholic Encyclopedia

The Fathers of the Church Please page down to St. Ignatios of Antioch.

Ikon

Hieromartyr St. Ignatios Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints


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