St. Ignatius of Antioch Novena

Saint Ignatius of Antioch is the patron saint of the church in the eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and throat diseases.


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He was a student of John the Apostle, an Apostolic Father and the third bishop of Antioch. He was persecuted for his faith by a Roman emperor because he would not worship pagan gods. In defending his faith in Christ, Saint Ignatius was martyred.




“I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.”

His feast day is October 17th, but you can pray this novena anytime.

Novena Prayers

Blessed holy servant of God, St. Ignatius of Antioch, we pray today for protection of the faithful throughout the world. 

Intercede for us! Your faith in God was so great that you were a witness of Christ’s love even though you were persecuted. You protected christians and were publicly martyred defending your faith in Christ. Protect persecuted christians throughout the world. Give them the courage to defend their faith in Christ and be witnesses of His love. Please pray for the protection of….

(Mention your intentions)

These intentions bring us to you, seeking your intercession for courage and protection. 

We are humbled by your faith in Christ and your desire to be unified with Him. Pray for us that we may grow in faith and love of Jesus Christ our Savior. And so, we ask that you pray for us…

Day 1 – Pray for us, that we will not let persecution bring us hopelessness

Day 2 – Pray for us, that our faith will be strengthened when tested

Day 3 – Pray for us, that disease will not take away our joy

Day 4 – Pray for us, that we may have the courage to be witnesses of Christ’s love

Day 5 – Pray for us, that we will offer up our suffering in union with Christ’s suffering

Day 6 – Pray for us, that our we will glorify God through our trials

Day 7 – Pray for us, that we may always have hope of everlasting life

Day 8 – Pray for us, that our hearts may be filled with tranquility and peace

Day 9 – Pray for us, that we will have spiritual protection through our faith in Jesus. 

Most holy Saint Ignatius of Antioch, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because you sacrificed your life for your faith in God. We pray, that just as your glorious passion brought you eternal splendor, so it may also be for us unending protection.

Help us to live our lives by your example of courage and faith. Pray for our physical and spiritual protection, but pray even more-so that we may become as close to God as you are. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.


St. Ignatius Patron Saint of…

  • Against throat diseases
  • Churches in eastern Mediterranean
  • Churches in North Africa

Saint Ignatius of Antioch is also often asked for intercessory prayers for:

  • Martyrs
  • Those defending their faith
  • Those who have been led astray in their faith





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