● Orthodox Remembrance Day: December 20
● Name means: the Fiery (Latin)
● Patriarch of Antioch, Martyr, Apostolic Father
● Attributes: Bishop, Lion, Heart with Christ Sign
● Patron: against sore throat and grind – a skin infection, especially occurring in small
● Born around 35
● Died on October 17 before 117 in Rome, Italy
The legacy of Ignatius, a disciple of the Apostle John, is widely revered throughout the Christian
world. Historically recognized as the Bishop of Antioch, a city located in the modern-day region
of Antakya/Hatay in Turkey, Ignatius was personally appointed to this position by John himself.
The earliest accounts of Ignatius are relayed through the writings of Polycarp of Smyrna and
Eusebius of Caesarea.
As a devout follower of Christ, Ignatius steadfastly endured intense persecution, ultimately
meeting his demise under the reign of Emperor Trajan. During a months-long journey to Rome,
Ignatius purportedly composed the Seven Holy Letters, which were later authenticated by
Eusebius and attributed to him.
Ignatius’ unwavering faith and contributions to the early Christian church have earned him
immense veneration from the Orthodox Church, who consider him among the foremost of the
Fathers of the Church. Western tradition also recognizes Ignatius among the distinguished
Apostolic Fathers. In honor of his legacy, every patriarch of Antioch has been named Ignatius,
and the Coptic Church bestows upon him the title of Pope and Successor of Peter. Ignatius’
profound impact on Christianity has cemented his place as a prominent figure in religious
The current collection of the icon gallery Mautner in Vienna, Austria covers over 200 orthodox icons of different origins and three centuries.