Ignatius of Antioch, St. (fiery?) (c. 35–107) In Christian legend, martyr and bishop. Feast, 1 February. According to numerous early Christian legends, Ignatius was a friend of the early church man St. Polycarp, both being disciples of St. John the Evangelist. One early tradition says that when Ignatius was a child Christ “set him in the midst” of his disciples. Ignatius took holy orders and was made bishop of Antioch. When the Roman emperor Trajan came to the city, he ordered Ignatius to sacrifice to the Roman gods. Ignatius refused and was sentenced to be eaten by lions. After his death in 107 the name Jesus was found written on his heart in golden letters.
From the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow
Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante