Readings for the Feast of the St. Ignatius of Antioch

AD cf. 107
Feast Day: October 17

Romans 8:35-39
Psalm 116:1-8 or
Psalm 31:1-5
John 12:23-26

Romans 8:35-39

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,

"For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered."

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 116:1-8

1 I love the Lord,
   for he has heard the voice of my supplication; *
 because he inclined his ear to me
   on the day I called to him.
2 The snares of death encompassed me;
   the pains of hell took hold of me; *
 by grief and sorrow was I held.
3 Then I called upon the name of the Lord: *
 ‘O Lord, I beg you, deliver my soul.’
4 Gracious is the Lord and righteous; *
 our God is full of compassion.
5 The Lord watches over the simple; *
 I was brought very low and he saved me.
6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul, *
 for the Lord has been gracious to you.
7 For you have delivered my soul from death, *
 my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.
8 I will walk before the Lord *
 in the land of the living.


Psalm 31:1-5

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
   let me never be put to shame; *
 deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Incline your ear to me; *
 make haste to deliver me.
3 Be my strong rock, a fortress to save me,
   for you are my rock and my stronghold; *
 guide me, and lead me for your name’s sake.
4 Take me out of the net
   that they have laid secretly for me, *
 for you are my strength.
5 Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
 for you have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

John 12:23-26

Jesus said to his disciples, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor."

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