October 17 – Saint Ignatius of Antioch: Patron Saint of the Church in North America and the Eastern Mediterranean, Throat Diseasesases

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Patron Saint of the Church in Eastern Mediterranean (Feast Date: October 17)

(d. 107) Extract from St. Ignatius of Antioch “Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome. The final of 7 letters that Ignatius writes on the way to Rome begs the Christians there not to try to stop his martyrdom. “The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God. I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ.”

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Ignatius of Antioch on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Conflict between the Kurds and the Turks on Turkey- Iraq border (Fall, 2008) (Europe)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 27- November 9, 2008.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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