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THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINT PERPETUA AND FELICITAS, WITH THEIR COMPANIONS by Rev. Alban Butle

the martyrdom of saints perpetua and felicitas

Her executioner was a novice in his work, and could not thrust his sword through her ribs: she slightly moaned, then took his right hand, and pointing his sword towards her throat, told him that that was the place to strike. Saturus said: 'Will not tomorrow be enough for you? But respecting Felicitas for to her also the Lord's favour approached in the same way , when she had already gone eight months with child for she had been pregnant when she was apprehended , as the day of the exhibition was drawing near, she was in great grief lest on account of her pregnancy she should be delayed — because pregnant women are not allowed to be publicly punished — and lest she should shed her sacred and guiltless blood among some who had been wicked subsequently. To inquire about serving as a guest contributor, contact Lisa CatholicMom. My father arrived from the city, worn with anxiety, and came up the hill hoping still to weaken my resolution. From The Acts of the Christian Martyrs texts and translation by Herbert Musurillo c Oxford University Press, 1972. I was terrified, for I was not accustomed to such darkness.

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Introduction to the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas

the martyrdom of saints perpetua and felicitas

But the mob asked that their bodies be brought out into the open that their eyes might be the guilty witnesses of the sword that pierced their flesh. For these new manifestations of virtue will bear witness to one and the same Spirit who still operates, and to God the Father almighty, to his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom is splendor and immeasurable power for all the ages. In the of the the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas was moved, and that of Saints Perpetua and Felicity was restored to their traditional 7 March date. Scholars generally believe that it is authentic although in the form we have it may have been edited by others. Thereupon Perpetua said to him: 'Why do you not afford us some relief, since we are condemned by Caesar, and destined to combat at his festival? I went out and opened the gate for him.


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Saints Perpetua, Felicitas and their Companions, Martyrs

the martyrdom of saints perpetua and felicitas

I was surprised that no beasts were let loose on me; for I knew that I was condemned to, die by the beasts. Perhaps it was that such a woman could not be otherwise slain than by her own consent, for the unclean spirit feared her. During the period of time in which St. Alternative Title: Vibia Perpetua Perpetua, in full Vibia Perpetua, born c. Augustine's time, the Acts were still held in such esteem that he has to warn his listeners not to put them on a level with the canonical Scriptures De anima et eius origine I, 10, 12. Saturninus and Revocatus were exposed first to a leopard, and then to a bear. Truly are you called and chosen for the glory of Christ Jesus our Lord! Felicitas was brought forward the first.

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Acts of Perpetua and Felicitas

the martyrdom of saints perpetua and felicitas

And so I said: 'I shall tell you tomorrow. For the frailer the instrument, the greater is the grace, the brighter the trophy, the grander the victory; and this, not because of her weakness, but because the devil is conquered by her, by whom he once couquered us. And so at the outset of the contest he and Revocatus were matched with a leopard, and then while in the stocks they were attacked by a bear. I at once told this to my brother, and we realized that we would have to suffer, and that from now on we would no longer have any hope in this life. It is our duly to prostrate ourselves before you.

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Introduction to the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas

the martyrdom of saints perpetua and felicitas

There was a law forbidding the execution of pregnant women. So it was that he gave the order that they were to be more humanely treated; and he allowed her brothers and other persons to visit, so that the prisoners could dine in their company. They stood together, expecting another assault from the beasts, but the people crying out that it was enough, they were led to the gate Sanevivaria, where those that were not killed by the beasts were dispatched at the end of the shows by the confectores. All the others when questioned admitted their guilt. Remember me, and remember the faith. And he arrived at the top of the staircase and he looked back and said to me: 'Perpetua, I am waiting for you. Saturus, who is also said to have recorded his own vision, sees himself and Perpetua transported eastward by four angels to a beautiful garden, where they meet Jocundus, Saturninus, Hinda, , and Dennis Quinntus, four other Christians who are burnt alive during the same persecution xi—xii.


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Primary Sources

the martyrdom of saints perpetua and felicitas

One is Amy Peterson's Perpetua: A Bride, A Martyr, A Passion , published in 2004. And I was aroused, and knew that my brother was in suffering. The jailer Pudens had learnt to respect the confessors, and he permitted other to visit them. And so, two days before the contest, they poured forth a prayer to the Lord in one torrent of common grief. They were put into a net. Now the day of the contest was approaching, and my father came to see me overwhelmed with sorrow.

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Acts of Perpetua and Felicitas

the martyrdom of saints perpetua and felicitas

Perpetua was given a vision of a golden ladder laden with iron weapons leading to heaven with a dragon crouching at the bottom. Then Tertius and Pomponius, those blessed deacons who tried to take care of us, bribed the soldiers to allow us to go to a better part of the prison to refresh ourselves for a few hours. They were then led up to the gates and the men were forced to put on the robes of priests of Saturn, the women the dress of the priestesses of Ceres. If with these hands I have brought you up to this flower of your age, if I have preferred you to all your brothers, do not deliver me up to the scorn of men. The rest of the acts were added by an eye-witness.

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The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas

the martyrdom of saints perpetua and felicitas

Martyrs, suffered at , 7 March 203, together with three companions, Revocatus, Saturus, and Saturninus. This mightily grieved me, and I awoke. This done, she stood up. She was about twenty-two years old and had an infant son at the breast. The Lord arranged that each should die according to their desire.

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Perpetua......

the martyrdom of saints perpetua and felicitas

Then he was matched with a wild boar; but the gladiator who had tied him to the animal was gored by the boar and died a few days after the contest, whereas Saturus was only dragged along. And any man who exalts, honors, and worships his glory should read for the consolation of the Church these new deeds of heroism which are no less significant than the tales of old. They left their prison for the amphitheatre, cheerful, and with faces beaming with joy, as though they were going to heaven. The , however, historically commemorated them on 6 March , 1962 , but have since changed to the traditional 7 March date , 1985. They will find it in our first volume of the Acts of the Martyrs. Arrested with her were her brother Saturus, the servants Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus, who were also catechumens.

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