This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.
"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb
Ignatius of Antioch
Ignatius of Antioch [Arabic: إغناطيوس لانطاكية, Yehnatwos Iantikeht] [ad c. 35 or 50 – 98 to 117], was a Syrian student of John the Evangelist, and was the third Patriarch of Antioch (in modern Turkey). Renowned for his wisdom and strength of will, he was officially arrested by the Pagans. En route to Rome for execution where according to Christian tradition he wrote a series of letters which have been preserved as an example of very early Ecclesiology, and sacramental theology. He was executed in the Roman Colosseum where he was fed to the lions.