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Saint Ignatius the Patriarch of Antioch

Claim to fame: He was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist and traveled with him to many cities. St. John ordained him Patriarch of Antioch where he preached the life-giving Gospel, converted many to the knowledge of God, baptized them, illumined them, and showed them the error of worshipping idols.

Quote: “I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God.”

Fun fact: St Ignatius wrote seven epistles including one to St Polycarp the Bishop of Smyrna

unknown artist; Martyrdom of a Saint in the Lion’s Den; Southampton City Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/martyrdom-of-a-saint-in-the-lions-den-18213