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The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas
Early Christian Writings via Boston University ^ | 202-203 A.D.

Posted on 01/28/2018 2:42:59 PM PST by GoldenState_Rose

We arrived at the forum, and straight away the story went about the neighbourhood near the forum and a huge crowd gathered. We walked up to the prisoner's dock. All the others when questioned admitted their guilt.

Then, when it came my turn, my father appeared with my son, dragged me from the step, and said: Perform the sacrifice--have pity on your baby!'

Hilarianus the governor, who had received his judicial powers as the successor of the late proconsul Minucius Timinianus, said to me: 'Have pity on your father's grey head; have pity on your infant son. Offer the sacrifice for the welfare of the emperors.'

'I will not', I retorted.
'Are you a Christian?' said Hilarianus.
And I said: 'Yes, I am.'

Then Hilarianus passed sentence on all of us: we were condemned to the beasts, and we returned to prison in high spirits.

The day before we were to fight with the beasts I saw the following vision. Pomponius the deacon came to the prison gates and began to knock violently. I went out and opened the gate for him. He was dressed in an unbelted white tunic, wearing elaborate sandals. And he said to me: 'Perpetua, come; we are waiting for you.'

Then he took my hand and we began to walk through rough and broken country. At last we came to the amphitheatre out of breath, and he led me into the centre of the arena.

Then he told me: 'Do not be afraid. I am here, struggling with you.' Then he left.

I looked at the enormous crowd who watched in astonishment. I was surprised that no beasts were let loose on me; for I knew that I was condemned to, die by the beasts...

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The others took the sword in silence and without moving, especially Saturus, who being the first to climb the stairway was the first to die. For once again he was waiting for Perpetua. Perpetua, however, had yet to taste more pain. She screamed as she was struck on the bone; then she took the trembling hand of the young gladiator and guided it to her throat. It was as though so great a woman, feared as she was by the unclean spirit, could not be dispatched unless she herself were willing.

Ah, most valiant and blessed martyrs! Truly are you called and chosen for the glory of Christ Jesus our Lord! And any man who exalts, honours, 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. 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 splendour and immeasurable power for all the ages. Amen.

1 posted on 01/28/2018 2:42:59 PM PST by GoldenState_Rose
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2 posted on 01/28/2018 2:45:21 PM PST by sauropod (I am His and He is mine.)
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These martyrs...also better known as our First Sister s and Brothers in JESUS...

...are among those that I have written a list of Witnesses and Heroes
Of The Faith and Love for JESUS...whom I am going to meet
and speak very-happily with once I have arrived
within Those Gates of Splendor
and come to rest High upon The Mountain of GOD

3 posted on 01/28/2018 3:37:32 PM PST by ExcursionGuy84
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