Perpetua and companions 7 March 2017

Perpetua and her companions, martyrs at carthage (d.203)

Readings: USA

Psalm 124
Daniel 6:10-16
Hebrews 10:32-39
Matthew 24:9-14

Preface of a Saint (3)

[Common of a Martyr]
[Of the Holy Cross]

PRAYER (traditional language)
O God, the King of Saints, who didst strengthen thy servants Perpetua, Felicity, and their companions to make a good confession and encourage one another in the time of trial: Grant that we who cherish their blessed memory may be encouraged by their prayers to share their pure and steadfast faith and win with them the palm of victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Mosaic of St. Perpetua

During a persecution of Christians under the emperor Septimius Severus, a group of Christians died together in the arena at Carthage. Their final days have been recorded for us in a document that is partly in their own words, and partly in those of an anonymous narrator (sometimes thought to be Tertullian). What follow are extracts, sometimes condensed, from that document.Vivia Perpetua was a catechumen (i.e. a convert not yet baptized), well educated and from a prosperous family, about 22 years old, married and apparently recently widowed, with a child at her breast, and with two brothers and both parents still living. (Her father was not a Christian.) Felicity (Latin: Felicitas) was a slave woman in advanced pregnancy. With them were Revocatus (also a slave), Saturninus, and Secundus.

They were arrested and placed in a dungeon, but after a few days two deacons visited the prison and by a gift of money to the jailers arranged (1) that they should have an interval in the better part of the prison to refresh themselves, and (2) that Perpetua should be allowed to keep her child with her.

Perpetua had a vision in which she saw a golden ladder, guarded by a fierce dragon, but she climbed it, stepping on the..[ source PERPETUA, FELICITY AND THEIR COMPANIONS MARTYRS AT CARTHAGE (7 MAR 202)-satuket]

  • Image By onbekende Venetiaanse kunstenaar. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Perpetua & Her Companions. 2017. Perpetua & Her Companions. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 06 March 2017].

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