Tertullian—The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity
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“Possibly such a woman could not have been slain unless she herself had willed it, because she was feared by the impure spirit.”
We’re back to the time of the Church Fathers with this first-hand account of the events leading up to and including the martyrdom of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. These events were documented primarily by Perpetua herself, who after her arrest maintained a prison diary. Alongside her testimony is another text written by one of her companions, Saturus, as well as an eyewitness account of the executions themselves.
Originally written in Latin, this work is largely recognized as having been at least edited by Tertullian, though whether he composed the narrator portions himself or not remains unknown. Still, we can be grateful to whoever collected these accounts, as they together paint a very complete and compelling picture of these heroic martyrs.
Saints Perpetua and Felicity, pray for us.
Full text at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1678&repos=8&subrepos=0&searchid=2097575#
Way of the Fathers Ep. 15—Perpetua: A Rare Female Voice from Antiquity https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/perpetua-rare-female-voice-from-antiquity/
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Additional narration provided by Karina Majewski
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