Saint Ignatius of Antioch became bishop of Antioch in 59AD. He traveled on foot from Antioch to Rome to be executed for his Christian faith. On that journey he met with many from this early Christian church. In meeting with them on that death march, he continued to encourage these early Christians and also encouraged them to build up their Churches. His belief in the church was so strong he composed seven letters to be delivered to the early churches of Ephesus, Magnesia, Aydın, Rome, Philadelphia, and Smyrna. The letters were preserved by Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (the seventh was addressed to him). On his way to Rome and the Lion’s den, Ignatius’s letters were not about his life, but about the life of Christ’s church. In these letters he discussed theology, sacraments, and the role of bishops. Ignatius believed fully  in Christ . In one of the letters he refers to himself as Theophore, meaning God-bearer. To Saint Ignatius it truly was not his life, but the life of Christ that dwelt within him. The proof is the encouragement and writings he gave the churches on that route from Antioch to Rome. On 20 December of the year 107 AD Ignatius was thrown to the lions at the Roman Coliseum

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