The Last Days of Ignatius of Antioch

Ignatius of Antioch was martyred during a persecution of Christianity under the Roman Emperor Trajan in the early 2nd Century. Unafraid, and even eager to meet his fate at the jaws of the wild beasts in the Roman amphitheater, Ignatius did not shy away from laying down his life for the sake of his confession of Christ.

Like Polycarp of Smyrna, Ignatius was also a disciple of St. John the Evangelist and Apostle.

The Martyrdom of Ignatius is an account of Ignatius’ journey to martyrdom, recorded by his companions, who went with him on the journey to Rome, and were first hand witnesses of his death. For the first time, this brief account is now available in Tamil (here):

And in Sinhala (here):

Ignatius of Antioch was killed, and his blood was shed because he was Christian, almost 1,900 years ago. His testimony, however, continues, not only through this account of his death, but also through the seven letters that he wrote.
CELPH is pleased also to provide the letters of Ignatius in English, Sinhala, and Tamil.

Beheaded Martyr Still Witnessing

He converted to Christianity as a young man, and subsequently became an avid defender of the Christian faith. He published books, he taught publicly and boldly, and stood up against the enemies of the Church. With clarity he opposed the false accusations of atheism, cannibalism, and incest, which were being made openly against Christians. Eventually, however, for his confession that he was a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, he was arrested and beheaded around the year A.D. 165.

It has been almost 1,900 years since Justin was martyred, and gave up his life for Christ. Today his confession continues, as the account of his death for Christ is translated for the first time into Sinhala ( and Tamil (

In addition, one of Justin’s most famous works, a defence of the Christian faith, is now published in Tamil and Sinhala for the first time.

Justin Martyr’s First Apology may now be viewed online in Tamil ( and in Sinhala (

We encourage all Christians in all the Churches of Sri Lanka and beyond: read, learn, and grow! This living member of Christ’s body still has something to say to you!

Catechisms Launched for a Billion People

Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Publishing House (CELPH) is pleased this week to announce the release of the Small Catechism of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, making the little learning book available online, in several languages for the first time. New translations are now available in Sinhala, Tamil, English, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Bengali.

The illustrated printed edition for Sinhala, Tamil, and English is due to be released in Sri Lanka in early 2020.

Meanwhile readers are able to access and read the books at their leisure, on a phone or tablet, on a laptop, or on a print-out. The text is especially formatted in easy-to-read and accessible fonts, making it quick and hassle-free to reference, copy, print, and distribute.

Everyone from private individuals, church leaders, or corporate publishers globally are invited to read, print and distribute the works for themselves and for others, according to needs.

What better way to begin the New Church Year than with reminding ourselves, and sharing with others, the wonderful teachings of the Christian faith?

If you want the Small Catechism translated into YOUR language, please contact us through the contact page.

Projects of CELPH are generously sponsored by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

‘Didache’ in Sinhala and Tamil

CELPH is pleased to be able today to publish online editions of ‘Didache‘ or ‘The Lord’s Teaching through the Twelve Apostles, to the Nations’, in both Sinhala and Tamil. Didache is the Greek word that means ‘teaching’.

The online editions, together with links to easy-to-print downloadable versions, may be found at the following webpages:

The Didache is an anonymous work, dating to the 1st Century A.D., and offers precious insight to the doctrine and practice of the Apostolic age and the Early Christian Church.

This work is now added to the 2nd century works, the Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians in Tamil and Sinhala, and the Martyrdom of Polycarp in Tamil and Sinhala, which were published online last week, as the first works of the Church Fathers to become available online in these languages.

We look forward to providing you with more such publications in the near future.

New Tamil and Sinhala Resources

New resources in Sinhala and Tamil languages are made available today, on, the website of the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Publishing House (CELPH).

Two short writings from the second century A.D., the “Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians”, together with the “Martyrdom of Polycarp”, were translated locally in Sri Lanka, into the Tamil and Sinhala languages, typeset into unicode fonts for online publication, then edited and uploaded to the website.

The four writings may be accessed by visiting: and, and clicking on the relevant links.

The decision was made to publish these texts online, to give universal access, for the benefit of as many people as possible, and for a maximum distribution globally. For the same reason, although the Ceylon Evangelical Publishing House owns copyright to these works, permission is also being given for printing and distribution, for private or public use. Plans are underway to publish these short works in paper-and-print format within Sri Lanka, at an affordable price, either separately, or as part of a larger volume of Early Christian Literature. In the meantime, visitors to the website are welcome to read, print, and share.

These are only the first of many future publications to be made freely available online, in Sinhala, Tamil, and other languages, for the unrestricted benefit and edification of the Church. It is hoped that these resources will serve all interested Sinhalese and Tamil people, of all denominations and backgrounds, no matter where on the globe they happen to live.

St. Polycarp’s letter is a fitting first publication. Polycarp learned the Christian faith from the apostle St. John, and later became bishop of Smyrna. Finally his martyrdom became a cause for all Christians to celebrate his life and confession of faith.

The work of CELPH is facilitated and sponsored by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Sunday School Resources Distributed

New Bibles, including Tamil and Sinhala Bibles from the Bible Society of India and Ceylon Bible Society, were distributed over the last several weeks to members of the congregations and mission stations of the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church.

In response to a request from missionary Rev. Dr. Naumann, CEO of CELPH, for information on needed resources, CELC Priests and Senior Evangelists furnished lists of which Bibles were needed, how many, and what other resources.

ca5be407-9a90-4ef0-8f5a-3780c8a1546bIn turn the lists were handed in with requests for Bibles, Sunday School materials and copies of the Small Catechism with explanation, which was published by Lutheran Heritage Foundation, India.

It is hoped that these resources will help build up the educational quality in areas where resources are few, but there is a hunger for knowledge and desire to learn.

Thanks for the Bible distribution project to generous donors from the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, USA. And thanks for the Catechism distribution and Sunday School materials including “101 Bible Stories” to generosity of Lutheran Heritage Foundation. The success of this project is a wonderful example of the cooperation of CELPH with all CELC workers, LCMS, LHF, and Bible distributors CBS and BSI.
Special big thank you to Mr. Nathan and Porter Vijaykumar who left at 4am and got back 1am next day to personally deliver all materials.

New Bibles Given in Yathiyantota