March 7, 2017

March 7 is the Feast Day of Saints Perpetua and Felicity. Their story is told in The Passion of St. Perpetua, St. Felicitas and their Companions, one of the oldest and most notable early Christian texts.

It survives in both Latin and Greek forms and purports to contain the actual prison diary of the young mother and martyr Perpetua. Vibia Perpetua was a married noblewoman, said to have been 22 years old at the time of her death, and mother of an infant she was nursing. Felicity, a slave imprisoned with her and pregnant at the time, was martyred with her.

They were put to death along with others at Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. According to the Passion along with Perpetua and Felicity, two slaves and two freemen were arrested and executed at the military games in celebration of the Emperor Septimus Severus’s birthday. To this group was added a man named Saturus, who voluntarily went before the magistrate and proclaimed himself a Christian.

This article is summarized from Passion of St. Perpetua, St. Felicitas, and their Companions Article in Wikipedia.

03-07-17

The image is a stained-glass window of St Perpetua of Carthage in Notre-Dame of Vierzon, France taken by Gaetan Poix and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution -Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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