Text is from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.
Saint Perpetua And Saint Felicitas.
Feast Day 6 March.
English: Stained-Glass Window of Saint Perpetua of Carthage,
Church of Notre-Dame, Vierzon, France, 19th-Century. Martyrdom of
Saint Perpetua and Companions at Carthage; Saint Felicity on the Left.
Français : Verrière de Sainte Perpétue (église Notre-Dame de Vierzon, XIXe siècle): martyre de sainte Félicité et compagnons; sainte Félicité est gauche.
Photo: 20 August 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Gaetan Poix
Saint Perpetua had just become a mother and Saint Felicitas was soon to become one, also, when they were arrested at Carthage during The Persecution of Emperor Severus.
When thrown into prison, they united their Prayers and tears, fearing to escape Martyrdom. “God heard them” (Epistle).
When the judge told them that they were condemned to the wild beasts, they were transported with joy, like the merchant of the Gospel, for, at that price, they would purchase Heaven.
They were exposed in the amphitheatre to the fury of a fierce cow and killed by the sword towards 203 A.D.
Let us undergo in body and in Spirit the Martyrdom of Penance, so as to obtain the “Perpetual Felicity”, which the names of these two Saints suggest, as Saint Augustine ingeniously remarks.
Their names are mentioned in The Canon of The Mass (Second List).
Mass: Me exspectavérunt.
In Lent: Commemoration of The Feria.
In Lent: The Last Gospel of The Feria.