This third successor of St. Peter at Antioch (Gradual) was condemned to the wild beasts during the Persecution of Trajan and sent in chains to Rome. The Introit and Epistle sum up the sentiments of his heart. “Let fire, cross, beasts, and all the torments of the devil come upon me, so long as I enjoy Jesus Christ.”
The affirmation of the divinity of Jesus, founded on the wisdom of His words and the miracles of His life, is the object aimed at in the Season after Epiphany which ends to-morrow. St. Ignatius, illustrious for his teaching, corroborates these different testimonies by his martyrdom, one of the most glorious in history.