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): https://celph.lk/tamil/ignatius-martyrdom/
And in Sinhala (here): https://celph.lk/sinhala/ignatius-martyrdom/
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.
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 (celph.lk/sinhala/justin-martyrdom) and Tamil (celph.lk/tamil/justin-martyrdom).
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 (celph.lk/tamil/justin-apology-i) and in Sinhala (celph.lk/sinhala/justin-apology-i).
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!