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St. Ignatius of Antioch—Letter to the Magnesians

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Apr 24, 2023 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“It is not enough to be Christians in name. It behooves us to be such in fact. [...] So let us become His disciples. Let us learn to live the life that Christianity calls for. No one with any other name than this can belong to God.”

St. Ignatius was the third bishop of Antioch. The only extant writings by St. Ignatius are the seven letters he wrote as a prisoner on his way to Rome to face martyrdom. In this letter, Ignatius encourages the Magnesian Christians to maintain their unity and avoid false teachings, exhorting them to obedience to their bishop and warning against those who deny the reality of Christ’s human nature or who would Judaize the faith.

With this episode, Catholic Culture Audiobooks has released the complete letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch, one of the chief figures among the Apostolic Fathers.


Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press:

Letter to the Magnesians alternate translation at

Other readings of Ignatius’ Letters:

Way of the Fathers, Ep. 4—Ignatius of Antioch: To Know “Jesus Christ Our God”

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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, the “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Based in New York City, he holds both a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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