Perpetua and Felicitas

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Sts. '''Perpetua and Felicitas''' were [[Martyr|martyred]] in Carthage, North Africa, on [[March 7]], 203 A.D. (or 202 A.D.), together with three companions, Revocatus, Saturus, and Saturninus. Their martyrdom took place during the rule of Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), who issued an imperial decree forbidding all imperial subjects under severe penalties to become Christians. Vibia Perpetua was a young married lady of noble birth, and Felicitas was her pregnant slave. The ''Acta SS. Perpetuæ et Felicitatis'' is perhaps the most beautiful and famous of all extant (non-official) Acts of the Martyrs. It includes the autograph notes of Perpetua and Saturus, and an eye-witness's account of the martyrdom, which took place in Carthage's amphitheatre.
 
Sts. '''Perpetua and Felicitas''' were [[Martyr|martyred]] in Carthage, North Africa, on [[March 7]], 203 A.D. (or 202 A.D.), together with three companions, Revocatus, Saturus, and Saturninus. Their martyrdom took place during the rule of Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), who issued an imperial decree forbidding all imperial subjects under severe penalties to become Christians. Vibia Perpetua was a young married lady of noble birth, and Felicitas was her pregnant slave. The ''Acta SS. Perpetuæ et Felicitatis'' is perhaps the most beautiful and famous of all extant (non-official) Acts of the Martyrs. It includes the autograph notes of Perpetua and Saturus, and an eye-witness's account of the martyrdom, which took place in Carthage's amphitheatre.
  
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* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/maps/primary/perpetua.html The prison diary of St. Perpetua] ([[Tertullian]] refers to the ''Acts of Perpetua'' in his treatise on the soul--''De anima'' ch. 55)
 
* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/maps/primary/perpetua.html The prison diary of St. Perpetua] ([[Tertullian]] refers to the ''Acts of Perpetua'' in his treatise on the soul--''De anima'' ch. 55)
 
* [http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/actsperpetua.html Early Christian Writings]: ''Acts of Perpetua''
 
* [http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/actsperpetua.html Early Christian Writings]: ''Acts of Perpetua''
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetua St. Perpetua and ''Acts of Perpetua'' in Wikipedia]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetua St. Perpetua and ''Acts of Perpetua'' in Wikipedia]
 
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/rams/8audio1b.ram Listen to a BBC dramatisation of the martyrdom of Perpetua (RealAudio)]
 
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/rams/8audio1b.ram Listen to a BBC dramatisation of the martyrdom of Perpetua (RealAudio)]
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*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/p/phm01.htm Icon, Brief Story and Troparion of St. Perpetua]
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Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas were martyred in Carthage, North Africa, on March 7, 203 A.D. (or 202 A.D.), together with three companions, Revocatus, Saturus, and Saturninus. Their martyrdom took place during the rule of Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), who issued an imperial decree forbidding all imperial subjects under severe penalties to become Christians. Vibia Perpetua was a young married lady of noble birth, and Felicitas was her pregnant slave. The Acta SS. Perpetuæ et Felicitatis is perhaps the most beautiful and famous of all extant (non-official) Acts of the Martyrs. It includes the autograph notes of Perpetua and Saturus, and an eye-witness's account of the martyrdom, which took place in Carthage's amphitheatre.

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