Ignatius of Antioch

I am writing to all the churches to let it be known that I will gladly die for God if only you do not stand in my way... Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God.

Let no rank puff up anyone; for faith and love are paramount - the greatest blessings in the world.

I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.

Pray to Christ for me that the animals will be the means of making me a sacrificial victim for God.

Let not then any one deceive you, as indeed you are not deceived, inasmuch as you are wholly devoted to God.

Now I begin to be a disciple... Let fire and cross, flocks of beasts, broken bones, dismemberment... come upon me, so long as I attain to Jesus Christ.

From Syria even to Rome I fight with wild beasts, by land and sea, by night and by day, being bound amidst ten leopards, even a company of soldiers, who only grow worse when they are kindly treated.

Even the heavenly powers and the angels in their splendor and the principalities, both visible and invisible, must either believe in the Blood of Christ, or else face damnation.

Nothing is more precious than peace, by which all war, both in Heaven and Earth, is brought to an end.

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