Contemporary portrait of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, martyred in Rome in the year 203.
Perpetua was a new mother, only 22 years old, when she was arrested and held for trial along with others who professed the Christian faith which was punishable by death under Emperor Severus.
Felicity was 8 months pregnant at the time of her arrest, and gave birth to a baby girl just two days before the group was to face public execution.
The women and their companions were tried before an angry mob, and after refusing to worship the emperor as a god, were paraded into the arena during the emperors birthday celebrations to face death by wild animals. Eyewitness accounts have survived and tell of the two women being mauled by a “vicious cow”, savagely gored but not killed. When they stood, wounded and resilient, the crowd roared for their death and they were martyred by the sword.
Their shared feast day is March 7.
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