St. Ignatius of Antioch + December 20
Like a living monument and an animate image, thy yearly feast is come, O God-bearing Ignatius, proclaiming thy mystic teachings and thy heroic exploits, thy resistance for the Faith even unto blood, and those blessed and celebrated words of thine, which said: I am the wheat of God, and in the teeth of beasts shall I be ground up. Wherefore, as an imitator of the Passion of Christ, intercede that our souls be saved.
+Orthros of the Feast, Tone 1
Because December 20th falls on the Sunday before Nativity, the Antiochian Archdiocese celebrates the Feast of St. Ignatius on Saturday, December 19th in 2015.
Read more about St. Ignatius the God-Bearer
Learn about the Order of St. Ignatius
December is Order of St. Ignatius Month
Resources for the Nativity Season
Father Andrew Damick presents a study of the letters of this second century martyr and the third bishop of Antioch, St. Ignatius, in the podcast, Voice From Antioch: Martyrdom.