Saints in the Roman Canon (Part 29)

In the Roman Canon, after St. Marcellinus and St. Peter we find St. Felicity and St. Perpetua .

These two youthful heroines, Felicitas and Perpetua, suffered at Carthage in North Africa.  They were of noble birth and well-educated. They were confined in a prison filled with darkness, heat, smoke and filth. “The day of their victory dawned,” say their Acts, “and from the prison they went forth to the amphitheater as to Heaven, cheerful, with radiant countenances, trembling, but with joy, not with fear.” The confessors who accompanied them stepped before the judgment-seat and cried to the one seated thereon: “Now thou judgest, but soon thou wilt be judged by God.” The young women were cruelly scourged, and then cast before a wild cow; finally they were beheaded. This happened in the year 202, in the persecution of the Christians under the Emperor Severus.  Their feast occurs on March 7th.

St. Felicity and St. Perpetua, pray for us!

For the Greater Glory of God,

Fr. Matt