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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saint Ethelbert, King & Confessor, Feb. 26

Saint Ethelbert, King & Confessor
Ethelbert, who was born a pagan but whose wife Bertha was a Christian, was King of Kent and the regions round about. At the time that Saint Pope Gregory sent Saint Augustine to evangelize the English, Ethelbert received these missionaries with kindness, and in reward God gave him the grace of faith, whereat he was baptized on Pentecost in 597. Thenceforward he was changed into another man, and did much toward the spread of Christianity and the building of Churches and monasteries. Further, he was a lawgiver, and his, so for as is known, were the first written laws of England. In 616 he went to his great reward with God.

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O God, who didst bestow upon blessed King Ethelbert thy Confessor the crown of everlasting glory : grant us, we beseech thee, that we may in such wise honour him in this our life on earth, that we may be found worthy to reign with him in heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Saint Walburga, Virgin.

Saint Walburga, Virgin.
Walburga was the daughter of the West Saxon Thane Saint Richard, and sister to Willibald and Wunnibald, all of whom were venerated by the Saxons as great Saints of God. Walburga became a nun at Windborne ; and when her kinsman Saint Boniface was evangelizing the Germans, she was sent, along with Saint Lioba and other nuns, to help him. The Abbey of Heidenheim, which had been founded by her aforesaid holy brothers, now added a house for women ; and Walburga held rule over both the monks and nuns thereof until her death, about the year 780. She is venerated under various names throughout France, Germany, and the Low Countries, where her feast is kept on May 1st.
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Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation : that, like as we do rejoice in the festival of blessed Walburga thy holy virgin : so we may learn to follow her in all godly and devout affections, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 22, Saint Joseph of Arimathea, Confessor

February 22, Saint Joseph of Arimathea, Confessor
According to the holy Evangelist St. Mark, this Joseph was an honorable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God. Saint Matthew telleth us that he was a rich man of Arimathea. Saint Luke saith of him that he was a good man, and a just, and consented not to the counsel and deed of the other elders of the Sanhedrin in condemning the Lord to death. Saint John saith that he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews. This last Evangelist addeth further that he was possessed of a garden nigh at hand, outside the walls of Jerusalem, and in which was a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. * When even was come on the Day of the Crucifixion of the Lord, this same Joseph cast aside his unworthy fears, and professed Jesus openly, in that he went6 boldly to Pilate and craved the body of Jesus. He also it was that brought the winding sheet, and with the help of the same Beloved Disciple John, and the Saints Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Nicodemus, did anoint the most holy Body unto burial, and lay the Same in the sepulchre in the garden. Whereby was fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning Messias ; He made his grave with the rich man. * Some would have it that Joseph of Arimathea came afterward to Britain, and planted his staff there, which same grew and bloomed, and became the sacred thorn of Glastonbury ; and it is known to be a fact that in this place there was in very early days a church dedicated to god under his name. In the Eastern Church his feast is kept on July 31st, but in the Western Church on March 17th or February 22nd, both of these dates being in honour of the enshrinement of his relicks in different places.
O God, who for giving sepulture to the Body of Jesus, didst reward blessed Joseph with courage to be a stalwart Confessor of the Faith : deliver us from that respect of persons whereby this thy servant, for fear of the Jews, was at first hindered from serving his Master except in secret ; and make us brave by filling us with holy fear, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Saint Simeon, Bishop & Martyr, February 18th

Saint Simeon, Bishop & Martyr, February 18th 
In the thirteenth Chapter of Saint Matthew we read of a Simon (ordinarily called Simeon), who is described as a kinsman of our Lord Jesus Christ. His father was Cleopas, who is believed to have been a brother of blessed Joseph, our Lord’s foster-father ; and his mother is said by some early writers to have been sister to the Blessed Virgin. Saint Epiphanius, saith that when the Jews martyred Saint James of Jerusalem, his brother Simeon upbraided them for their cruelty, and that thereupon Simeon was chosen to succeed James as the Bishop of Jerusalem. Where he was, according to tradition, tortured and crucified at the age of one score and one hundred years, which would have been about the year 107 of the Christian era.
Almighty God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, that whereas we are afflicted by the burden of our sins ; the glorious intercession of thy Martyr and Bishop blessed Simeon may be our succour and defence, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Saint Finan, Bishop and Confessor

Saint Finan, Bishop and Confessor, Feb. 17

Lindisfarne Abbey
Finan was an Irish monk who had been trained in Iona, and who was specially chosen by the Columban monks to succeed the great St. Aidan (635-51). St. Bede describes him as an able ruler, and tells of his labours in the conversion of Northumbria. He built a cathedral "in the Irish fashion", employing "hewn oak, with an outer covering of reeds", dedicated to St. Peter. His apostolic zeal resulted in the foundation of St. Mary's at the mouth of the River Tyne; Gilling, a monastery on the sight where King Oswin had been murdered, founded by Queen Eanfled, and the great abbey of Streanaeshalch, or Whitby. St. Finan (Finn-‡n -- "little Finn") converted Peada, son of Penda, King of the Middle Angles, "with all his Nobles and Thanes", and gave him four priests, including Diuma, whom he consecrated Bishop of Middle Angles and Mercia, under King Oswy. The breviary of Aberdeen styles him "a man of venerable life, a bishop of great sanctity, an eloquent teacher of unbelieving races, remarkable for his training in virtue and his liberal education, surpassing all his equals in every manner of knowledge as well as in circumspection and prudence, but chiefly devoting himself to good works and presenting in his life, a most apt example of virtue".

IN the mysterious ways of Providence, the Abbey of Whitby, his chief foundation, was the scene of the famous Paschal controversy, which resulted in the withdrawal of the Irish monks from Lindisfarne. The inconvenience of the two systems -- Irish and Roman -- of keeping Easter was specially felt when on one occasion King Oswy and his Court were celebrating Easter Sunday with St. Finan, while on the same day Queen Eanfled and her attendants were still fasting and celebrating Palm Sunday. Saint Finan was spared being present at the Synod of Whitby.

We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers which we offer unto thee on this feast of blessed Finan, thy Confessor and Bishop, that, like as he was found worthy to do thee faithful service, so by the succour of his merits, we may be delivered from the chastisement which we have deserved, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Faustinus and Jovita, Martyrs

Faustinus and Jovita, Martyrs, February 15th

Ss.Faustinus & Jovita, Mm.

Faustinus and Jovita were brothers, nobly born, and were zealous professors of the Christian religion, which they preached without fear in their city of Brescia in Lombardy, during the persecution of Adrian. Their remarkable zeal excited the fury of the heathens against them, and procured them a glorious death for their faith.

Faustinus, a priest, and Jovita, a deacon, were preaching the Gospel fearlessly in the region when Julian, a pagan officer, apprehended them. They were commanded to adore the sun, but replied that they adored the living God who created the sun to give light to the world. The statue before which they were standing was brilliant and surrounded with golden rays. Saint Jovita, looking at it, cried out: “Yes, we adore the God reigning in heaven, who created the sun. And you, vain statue, turn black, to the shame of those who adore you!” At his word, it turned black. The Emperor commanded that it be cleaned, but the pagan priests had hardly begun to touch it when it fell into ashes.
The two brothers were sent to the amphitheater to be devoured by lions, but four of those came out and lay down at their feet. They were left without food in a dark jail cell, but Angels brought them strength and joy for new combats. The flames of a huge fire respected them, and a large number of spectators were converted at the sight. Finally sentenced to decapitation, they knelt down and received the death blow. The city of Brescia honors them as its chief patrons and possesses their relics, and a very ancient church in that city bears their names.
O God, which makest us glad with the yearly festival of blessed Faustinus and Jovita, thy holy martyrs, grant, we beseech thee, that as we do rejoice in their merits, so we may be enkindled to follow them in all virtuous and godly living, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Saint Apollonia, Virgin & Martyr

Saint Apollonia, Virgin & Martyr
Concerning Apollonia, Saint Dionysius the Great, Bishop of Alexandria, wrote to Fabius, Bishop of Antioch, and his account was preserved by Eusebius. Wherefrom we learn that she was an aged Deaconess of Alexandria, who in the year 249 was seized during an uprising in which many Christians were martyred. First they beat her in the face with such blows that they knocked out all her teeth; and then, after kindling a great fire, they threatened to throw he therein unless she uttered certain impieties. But she begged for a moment’s delay, as if to consider their proposal ; whereupon , to shew that her sacrifice was voluntary, she leaped into the flames of her own accord. And Saint Augustine well saith of her that she burned inwardly with the fire of the Holy Ghost, in such wise as to make little of the material fire which consumed her body. Because of the injuries to her teeth during her torture, she is wont to be invoked against toothache and dental diseases.

:O God, who among the manifold works of thine almighty power hast bestowed even upon the weakness of women strength to win the victory of martyrdom : grant, we beseech thee, that we, who on this day recall the heavenly birth of blessed Apollonia, thy Virgin and Martyr ; may so follow in her footsteps, that we may likewise attain unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor
Cyril of Alexandria hath been styled the Doctor of the Incarnation. For he was concerned with the Nestorian heresy from its inception, and denounced the same to Saint Pope Celestine I, and at the Council of Ephesus in 431, at which the heresy was solemnly condemned , he presided as the representative of the Roman See. And the rest of his life was given over the defence of the truth that in Christ Jesus there is one divine Person. * Cyril was born of distinguished parents, and was the nephew of Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria, whom he succeeded in that office. He was a man of learning, and of much vigor and determination, and he turned all his powers to the extirpation of heresy and unbelief. His sternness in these matters made him many enemies, even amongst those of orthodox practice, but chiefly he was assailed by the followers of Nestorius, who at one time secured a sentence of excommunication against him as a troublemaker, to which many even of the orthodox bishops assented, which same was later declared null and void. * He wrote much regarding the Faith, and was emphatic in his teaching concerning the Eucharist, whereof he said : We receive it, not as common flesh (which God forbid), nor as the flesh of a man sanctified and associated with the Word, but as indeed the lifegiving and very Flesh of the Word himself. But chiefly he is remembered for his teaching that Mary is the Mother of God, which title the Council of Ephesus acceded to her. At length he died a holy death, in June of the year 444, and the 32nd of his episcopate, but in the west his feast is kept in February.
O God, who didst strengthen thy blessed confessor and Bishop Saint Cyril, invincibly to maintain the divine motherhood of the blessed Virgin Mary : vouchsafe that at his intercession we, believing her to be indeed the Mother of God ; may as her children rejoice in her protection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Saint Romuald, Abbot

Saint Romuald, Abbot

Saint Romuald, Abbot
Romuald was born of the family of Onesti, Dukes of Ravenna, and though he grew up a worldly youth and the slave of his passions, he occasionally experienced aspirations toward a holy life. Now it happened that his father killed a kinsman in a duel fought because of a dispute about property rights. And Romuald, who had been ordered by his father to be present at the duel under pain of disinheritance, was thereupon so horrified that he felt obliged to do penance for his father and himself, to which end he withdrew for forty days of retreat to a neighboring Benedictine Monastery. During this time he became more and more penetrated with the love of God, partly because of the lay-brother who waited on him, which same proved to be such a humble man of God as to give Romuald to think. He therefore asked permission to be clothed in the habit of blessed Benedict, which was granted, and in due time he was professed. * He was ever inclined to harshness in dealing with sins of himself and others, but it is said that the joy which beamed from his face drew all men to him. With the Abbot’s consent, he betook himself to a holy hermit, Marinus by name ; and thither also came Peter Orseoli, a famous admiral and former Doge of Venice, who also became a monk ; and they with some others founded a new religious family of hermit-monks. Romuald’s dedication of himself made a lasting impression on many nobles ; and even on his own father, who likewise became a monk. And it was an edifying sight to see noblemen and princes, who had been remarkable for their luxurious way of life, now living a life of penance, and earning their bread in the sweat of their brow at the monasteries which Romuald reformed or founded. * The best known of his foundations was that of the Camaldolese, which began the revival of the eremitical life at Camaldoli, near Arezzo, in 1oo9. A near kinsman of the Emperor Otto (which prince had himself been turned from a course of sin by Romuald) became a monk here under the direction of holy Romuald, and afterwards was sent as a missionary to Prussia, and was martyred there after he became Bishop, namely, the holy Boniface of whom mention is made in the Martyrology on June 19th. After having served God in a life of great penance, whereby he turned many other men to God, not so much by what he preached as what he himself did, he passed to heaven on June 19th, in 1027. But his feast kept on the day his holy body was translated to its present shrine at Fabiano.

Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the prayers of thy holy Abbot, blessed Romuald may commend us unto thee, that we, who have no power of ourselves to help ourselves, may by his advocacy find favour in thy sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Titus, Bishop & Confessor

Saint Titus, Bishop & Confessor

Titus was a gentile who became the disciple of the Apostle Paul, and was twice sent on missions to the Church in Corinth. Concerning this holy man, the Apostle wrote to the Corinthians : When I came to Troas to preach Christ’s Gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother ; but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. Again, he wrote : When we were come into Macedonia, we were troubled on every side ; nevertheless God, that comforted those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus. * Paul, because of his regard for Titus, sent him to Corinth on a mission mainly concerned with the co9llection of alms from the charity of the faithful for the relief of the poor Hebrew Christians at Jerusalem. This mission Titus discharged with such wisdom and gentleness, that he not only strengthened the Corinthians in the Faith, but also stirred up in them an earnest desire, a mourning, a fervent mind toward Paul their earliest teacher. Many were the other journeys by land and sea which Titus undertook. Filled with boldness and zeal, he went with Paul to the island of Crete. Of this Church of Crete the Apostle himself made him the first Bishop ; and we may not doubt that , as such, he was what Paul bade him be : In all things a pattern of good works, in doctrine, in uncorruptness, in gravity. * He is said to have sweated mightily to unfurl the banner of the Cross among the Dalmatians. And it is believed that, full of days and good works, upon a 4th of January, in the ninety-fourth year of his age, he died one of those deaths which are precious in the sight of the Lord ; and that he was buried by the Church of which the Apostle had made him the minister. His praises have been mostly written by Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Jerome. His feast is kept on February sixth, as being the most convenient date after his heavenly birthday.
O God, who on thy blessed Confessor Saint Titus didst bestow the virtues of thine Apostles : grant, we beseech thee, that by his merits and intercession ; we may so live righteously and soberly in this world, that we may be found worthy to attain unto our country in heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Kontakion to the New Martyrs of Russia

The Neo-Martyrs of Russia
1917AD & following
February 4
O God of unspeakable mercy, who didst enable thy holy Russian Martyrs to
overcome their enemies by dying for Thy name: deliver us, we beseech thee, at their
intercession from slavery to sin: that with them we may come to thy perfect freedom in
the heavenly fatherland. Through

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Saint Lawrence, Bishop & Confessor

Saint Lawrence, Bishop & Confessor

St.Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury
This Lawrence was on of the monks that accompanied Saint Augustine to England in the year 597 on the mission which Pope Saint Gregory sent from Rome. Later, when advice was needed concerning various problems which had arisen, Lawrence was deemed worthy to be sent back to Saint Gregory, to obtain the necessary counsel. And after his return to England, on the death of Saint Augustine, he became the second Archbishop of Canterbury, and ruled that See for eleven years, until he went to God in 619. On the death of King Saint Ethelbert, his son King Eadbald not only refused to follow his good father in the ways of Christianity, but persisted in idolatry, and even gave himself to incest, in that he took his father’s widow to wife. * And thereupon great troubles came upon the Christian missionaries, so that Lawrence, who had laboured hard to correct these evils, and bring about the conversion of pagans, was well nigh certain that his mission was a failure ; and so he began to think on retirement to France, where some of his companions had already gone. But on the eve of his departure the Apostle Peter appeared to him in a dream, and chastised him with many stripes for forsaking the flock in whose behalf Christ had died. Whereat he awoke, livid from head to foot from these blows, and went to the King, and shewed the marks to him. Whereby Eadbald was touched to the heart, and gave himself to God ; and began to work for his own salvation and that of his subjects. * Not long thereafter, Lawrence died in peace, having spread abroad the sweet savour of the same Christ Jesus. And when in 1091, the Abbot Wido opened the tomb wherein Lawrence was buried, at the time his relicks were to be translated, it is said that a pleasant odour swept therefrom throughout the whole monastery of Saint Augustine ; as saith the Scripture : His remembrance is like the perfume.

We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers which we offer unto thee on this feast of blessed Lawrence, thy Confessor and Bishop, that, like as he was found worthy to do thee faithful service, so, by the succour of his merits, we may be delivered from the chastisement which we have deserved, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Cornelius the Centurion

Saint Cornelius the Centurion
This Cornelius was a Centurion of the Italian band of Roman soldiers in Caesarea of Palestine, a devout proselyte of the Jews, who feared God with all his house, and gave much alms to the poor, and prayed to God always. The same saw in a vision an Angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him that his prayers and lams were come up for a memorial before God. The Angel thereupon bade him send unto Joppa, to the house of one Simon, a tanner, for to find the holy Apostle Peter. Who also was warned of god in a vision, so that when Cornelius sent unto him, he as Christ’s Apostle came without delay, and instructed and baptized Cornelius and all his house, whereupon the Holy Ghost fell upon them. Simeon Metaphrases and other ecclesiastical writers say that some time after his Baptism he was consecrated by Saint Peter to be the first Bishop of Caesarea, where he strove mightily to set forward the kingdom of God, and confessed Christ right manfully , and died a rope old age, and was buried secretly in a tomb belonging to a friend. Of this tomb it is related that a bramble grew up, and so covered the doorway that none could enter therein, until Saint Silvanus, Bishop Philippopolis in Thrace, came long after, and upon the discovering of his hollowed relicks, removed the same to a worthy shrine.

O God, who didst inspire blessed Cornelius the Centurion, and all his household, with the grace of holy fear, so that his prayers and alms came up as a memorial before thee : grant us, after his example, to lay hold on the beginning of wisdom in this life ; and by perseverance as good soldiers of Christ to attain hereafter to the fulness thereof in him who is true Wisdom, even the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.


Saint Ansgarius, Bishop & Martyr, Feb. 3rd

Saint Ansgarius, Bishop & Martyr
On February 3rd is commemorated blessed Ansgarius, or as some call him, Anschar, which same was born in 801 of a noble family in Picardy ; and became a monk at Corbie, and went as a missionary to the North of Europe, where he made the Faith to flourish. Once when a disciple of his was ascribing to him the pow3er to work miracles, he rebuked him, saying : If I were worthy to ask for a miracle, I would ask God to make me a good man. For he was very humble, and believed himself to be such a sinner that God would not honour him with martyrdom. He died in 865 mourned by the whole North, pagans and Christians alike and is esteemed the Apostle of the Goths and Swedes.

We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers which we offer unto thee on this feast of blessed Ansgarius, thy Confessor and Bishop, that, like as he was found worthy to do thee faithful service, so, by the succour of his merits, we may be delivered from the chastisement which we have deserved, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Feb. 2

Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or Candlemas, Feb 2.

A Homily by St. Ambrose the Bishop
And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon ; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. The birth of the Lord is attested not only by Angels, Prophets and shepherds, but also by elders and just men. Every age, and both sexes, as well as the wonders of the events themselves, are here present to strengthen our faith. A virgin conceiveth, a barren woman beareth, a dumb man speaketh, Elisabeth prophesieth, the wise man worshippeth, the unborn child leapeth, the widow praiseth, and the just man waiteth.
Well is he called just, who looked not for favour for himself but for consolation for his people. He desired to be set free from the bondage of this frail body, but he waited to see the Promised One ; for he knew that blest are the eyes that see him. Then took he him up in his arms, and blest God, and said : Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. Behold a just man, confined in the weary prison of his body, desiring to depart, and to begin to be with Christ! For it is far better to depart and to be with Christ.
Whosoever will depart and be with Christ, let him come into the temple. Yea, let him come, as to Jerusalem, and wait for the Lord’s Christ. Let him take hold on the Word of God, let him embrace the same with good works, as it were with arms of faith. Then let him depart in peace, for he who hath seen Life, shall not see death. Behold how the Lord’s birth doth overflow with abounding grace for all, and prophecy was not denied except to the unbelieving. Behold, Simeon prophesieth that the Lord Jesus Christ is come for the fall and rising again of many. Yea, he shall separate the just from the unjust by their deserts. And according as our work shall be, so shall the true and righteous Judge command us to be punished or rewarded.
Antiphon on the Benedictus:
And when his parents brought in the Child Jesus, then Simeon took him up in his arms, and blest God, saying, * Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh; so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Antiphon on the Magnificat:
Today the blessed Virgin Mary presented the Child Jesus in the temple, * and Simeon, filled with the Holy Spirit, received him into his arms, and began to bless God, whom he blesseth unto all eternity.

Saint Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr

Saint Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr, February 1
From the Book on Ecclesiastical Writers by St. Jerome the Priest
Ignatius was the third Bishop of Antioch after the Apostle Peter, and when Trajan stirred up persecution against the Christians, he was condemned to be devoured by wild beasts, and so was sent to Rome in chains. On his journey thither he arrived at Smyrna, where Polycarp, the disciple of John, was Bishop. Since we have thus made mention of a man of so much importance as Ignatius, it is fitting that we should also note briefly the Epistle which he addressed to the Romans. I am on my way, said he, from Syria to Rome, and am already fighting with beasts on sea and land all the way. For I am chained day and night to the ten soldiers in charge of me, who are not better than leopards.
The more courteous I am to them, the worse they are to me. Yet their wickedness is good schooling for me, though I know that my mere sufferings cannot in themselves gain me justification. I earnestly wish for the beasts which are to devour me. At any rate, I pray they may put me out of pain quickly, and fly on me willingly, that I be not like some other Martyrs, whose bodies the animals have refused to touch. If I find that they will not come at me, I shall run at them as quick as I can, to make them devour me. Bear with me, my little children ; I know what is good for me. I feel now that I am beginning to be Christ’s disciple. I desire none of those things which are seen, if so be I may find Christ Jesus. I care not that there come upon me fire, or cross, or wild beasts, or breaking of my bones, or sundering of my members, or destruction of my whole body, yea, or all the torments of the devil, if only I may thereby win Christ.
When he was brought condemned to the theatre, and heard the roaring of the beasts which were to devour him, he felt a strong eagerness to suffer, even as he himself put on record : I am Christ’s wheat ; let the teeth of wild beasts be my mill, that I may be ground up in such wise as to become good bread unto Christ. He suffered in the eleventh year of Trajan. What was left of his body was buried at Antioch, in the cemetery outside the Gate of Daphne.
Almighty God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, that whereas we are afflicted by the burden of our sins, the glorious intercession of thy Martyr and Bishop Saint Ignatius may be our succour and defence, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.