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A Summary of the Passion of Saint Perpetua and Felicity

Updated on April 29, 2013
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The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity is a true account of the execution of Perpetua, and her Christian companions on March 7th, 203 A.D. Perpetua was a Christian twenty-two year old woman of noble birth with a baby still nursing. Felicity was Perpetua’s pregnant Christian slave. The rest of the group of martyrs consisted of the slave, Revocatus, and two free men, Saturninus and Secundulus. They were later joined by their catechist, Saturus who turned himself in as well, as a motion of faith and solidarity. The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity reveals the Christians’ profound conviction in their faith, the chasm between Roman and Christian communities, and Christian persecution for subverting the Roman cultural norms.

Perpetua’s and Saturus’s accounts reveal a very deep and profound faith in Christianity. Not only were they prepared to die for their faith, but also to be tortured and publicly humiliated. On top of this, Christian mothers were willing to be separated from their nursing babies who would starve without the essential mother’s milk. Perpetua claimed that while in prison she was “tormented there by care for the child”. Fortuitously, some deacons bribed her prison guards so that she could suckle her poor, starving baby.

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