the persecutions of Nero and Domitian, a popular uprising
occurred. And, as usual, the Christians were blamed.
Some heretical Christians exposed Symeon, son of Clopas, the second
bishop of Jerusalem. Symeon, who was 120 years old when
martyred, saw Christ in person. "Mary, wife of Clopas,"
was his mother. Symeon suffered martyrdom with Judas, a
descendant and so called brother of the Lord.
head of the church, Symeon brought profound peace to it. He
was tortured for many days and, aftet edifying the governor by his
strength, was crucified. The heretics were themselves
discovered as Christians and were executed as traitors. . .not as
this age, the Church remained a pure virgin because any heretical
movement remained hidden still. So the Church's teachings on
the norm of salvation remained uncorrupted. But when the
apostles had all died and the other disciples had passed away, then
the league of godless error began to raise its ugly
this persecution, a certain Plinius Secundus complained to the
Emperor "why are the Christians put to death when they are
doing nothing wrong but merely pray early in the morning, renounce
adultery, murder and other criminal offenses and obey all the
laws?" Because of this, Trajan checked the persecution;
but many evil men were still left with plenty of pretexts to harm
the Christians. Although no great national persecution took
place during Trajan's rule, small persecutions here and there
this time, Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, was arrested and led from
Syria to Rome to be executed. On the way, under heavy guard,
he preached though Asia, warning Christians about already existing
heresies and exhorted the faithful to hold on to the Apostolic
Tradition. to fulfill this great need, he wrote down TRADITION
for the sake of security.