One of the ealiest leaders of the Church after the apostles had passed from the earth, Ignatius of Antioch was a key figure in the transition from the age of Jesus to the “Apostolic” age. According to tradition, he was a disciple of John the Apostle and was eventually martyred for his faith. His seven letters to various churches are among the earliest post-NT writings we have, establishing him as one of the earliest leaders of the post-disciple church. And he is often credited as being one of the earliest voices in Christian theology and ecclesiology.
In light of his amazing life and ministry, this Sunday’s prayer comes from him. To be fair, though, it’s really more a reflection on the life of a disciple in the midst of persecution than a true prayer. But it still works.
I know what must be done.
Only now am I beginning to be a disciple.
May nothing of powers visible or invisible prevent me,
that I may attain unto Jesus.
Come fire and cross and grapplings with wild beasts,
…..the rending of my bones and body,
…..come all the torments of the wicked one upon me.
Only let it be mine to attain until Jesus Christ.