St. Ignatius of Antioch—Letter to the Trallians & Letter to the Philadelphians: Obey Your Bishop
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“When you are obedient to the bishop as you would be to Jesus Christ, you are living, not in a human way, but according to Jesus Christ…”
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. The two short letters featured in today’s episode both address the question of obedience to the bishop.
St. Ignatius’ Letter to the Romans was the very first patristic work featured on this podcast. After today’s episode, only one letter remains: the Letter to the Magnesians. Look out for that, when we will have 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: https://verbum.com/product/120401/the-apostolic-fathers
Letter to the Trallians alternate translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1630
Letter to the Philadelphians alternate translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1632
Other readings of Ignatius’ Letters: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/audiobook_authors_titles.cfm
Way of the Fathers, Ep. 4—Ignatius of Antioch: To Know “Jesus Christ Our God” https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/episode-4-ignatius-antioch-to-know-jesus-christ-our-god/
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