Martyr St Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. Trajan won several major battles and attributed the victories to benevolence from the gods. Martyr St Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus condemned to be put to death in Rome.
Placed on a ship that headed to Rome after making numerous stops along the south and west coast of the Mediterranean. The prolonged journey gave Ignatius time to address the growing Church in the small sea communities they passed through. He had several followers with him who composed letters to each community.
Well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. He warns them against heretical doctrines, providing them with the solid truths of the Christian faith.
His letters survive and give scholars an excellent window into the state of those early communities, and the shape of the Church’s understanding of important tenets of faith such as the Trinity, the Eucharist, and the Incarnation.
St. Ignatius’ Death
Because the ship carrying him was making its way to Rome so slowly, his followers arrived there ahead of time. Several had friends in high places, and he asked them to not intervene in his case to save him from martyrdom.
Eventually, the ship arrived at Rome, he was hurried to the amphitheater and two lions were set upon him. They killed and consumed him immediately. Only his larger bones remained.