Come… hear the words of Saint Ignatius of Antioch who was fed to the beasts in Rome in about the year 107 A.D. Download all seven of Saint Ignatius of Antioch epistle’s and hear how the first century Church was exhorted to hold fast to their Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the primacy of the Church in Rome, Salvation through grace alone in faith and love, the virginity of the Blessed Mother, and so much more. Saint Ignatius of Antioch, in his letter to the Smyrneans 8, said:
See that you all follow the Bishop, as Christ does the Father, and the presbyterium as you would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as a command of God. Let no one do anything connected with the Church without the Bishop. Let that be considered a certain [βεβαια, "valid"] eucharist which is under the leadership of the Bishop, or one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the Bishop appears, there let the multitude of the people be; just as where Christ Jesus is, there is the catholic church [ἡ καθολικὴ ἐκκλησία]. It is not permitted with the Bishop either to baptize or to celebrate an agape; but whatever he shall approve of, that is well-pleasing alos to God, so that everything that is done may be assured and certain [βέβαιον].
—St. Ignatius of Antioch, c. 111 AD, Letter to the Smyrneans 8
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