Orthodox Thought for the Day


Monday, February 1, 2016

3rd century Diary of a Martyrdom

Diary of a Martyrdom

Ss. Perpetua, Felicity and their companions 

Commemorated by the Orthodox Church on February 1

This is a short account of the martyrdom of a group of Christians from the third century.   It took place in Carthage, a Roman province in North Africa. This account is based on the written account, the diary of Perpetua, one of the martyrs.  This is one of the greatest treasures of martyr literature, a document that preserves the actual words of the martyrs and their prison experience.  The final details of the martyrdom were written by a Christian witness to their deaths in the arena.  St. Perpetua’s diary is a historic record and the earliest surviving text written by a Christian woman….  Keep reading this entry here:  http://otftd.blogspot.com/2012/02/martyrdom-of-ss-perpetua-felicity-and.html 

Cover of the video presentation mentioned in the entry.  It is excellent, offering two presentations—one documentary type geared for an adult audience & one for youth: 

Through the prayers of St. Perpetua and her companions, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us!

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