St. Ignatius of Antioch
Icon from Sumela Monastery in northeastern Turkey.
© 2009, Andrew J. Frishman, used by permission.
Commemorated December 20
Troparion of St. Ignatius the Godbearer, Tone 3
Soaring with love for Him Who holds thee in His hands, thou wast shown to be a God-bearer, O Ignatius. Thou didst finish thy course in the West and pitch thy dwelling in the unwaning day of the heavens. O righteous Father, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.
Kontakion of St. Ignatius the Godbearer, Tone 3
The day of thy glorious struggles heralds the One to be born of a Virgin for, thirsting for His presence, thou didst hasten to be devoured by wild beasts. Therefore thou wast named Godbearer, O glorious Ignatius.