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Saints Perpetua and Felicitas 

Martyrs

Feast Day - March 6

In Africa, during the persecution of the emperor Severus, Saints Perpetua and Felicitas, together with Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus, were arrested and thrown into a dark prison, and Satyrus was later added to their number. It was in prison that Perpetua and Felicitas were baptized (they had been only catechumens).

Later they were condemned to the beasts; and when Felicitas, laboring in childbirth, was asked by one of the jailers how she would act in the amphitheater, she answered, “Now it is I who suffer. Then another will be in me, who will suffer for me, since I am to suffer for Him.”

And so they were led out into the amphitheater, with the whole populace looking on, and were first scourged, then tossed about for some time by an exceptionally wild cow, gored, and thrown to the ground. Finally, with their companions who had been tortured by other beasts, they were slain by the sword, on the 7th of March.


Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. I: Advent to Passion Sunday (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1963), p. 1815.