Sts. Perpetua and Felicity (Feast Day – March 7)


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Sts. Perpetua and Felicity were Christian martyrs who lived in the 3rd century. They were sentenced to death for not renouncing their Christian faith and were martyred at Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. St. Perpetua, a noblewoman was 22 years old at the time of her death and a mother of an infant she was nursing. Her father, who was a pagan continually, asked her to deny her faith, which she refused.

St. Felicity was a slave who was pregnant at the time of her imprisonment. She gave birth to a girl a few days before her death. The two women along with three other companions were sent to the amphitheater. Sts. Perpetua and Felicity were beheaded while the other three were killed by beasts.


Heavenly Father, your love gave saints Perpetua and Felicity the courage to suffer a cruel martyrdom. By their prayers, help us to grow in love of you. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

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