Legend has it that the child Jesus called forward when he told the disciples, "Suffer the little children to come onto me," was the young Ignatius. Born in Antioch, little is known of his life. He was martyred in AD107 so he would have known the Apostles and was thus one of the "Apostolic Fathers" i.e., one of those who were taught directly by the apostles. He knew Ploycarp of Smyrna, a disciple of St John. On his way to Rome where he died, Ignatius wrote letters to the churches asking them not to intercede on his behalf as he wished to die for the Lord.
The gospel the church chooses for today is John 12:24-26, the story of the grain of wheat falling to the ground where it must die in order to bear a rich harvest. This reflects the death of Ignatius and the fruit which we still reap from his writings, writings that are full of sound teaching, developing doctrine and love of Christ.