March 7, 2014— Perpetua, Felicity and Companions
We commemorate the witness of Perpetua, Felicity and companions as martyrs. According to the Manual on the Liturgy: “In 202, Lucius Septimus Severus, Roman emperor forbade conversions to Christianity. Perpetua and other African catechumens were imprisoned and after their baptism were condemned to execution in the arena at Carthage.” (page 69).
We pray: “Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth. Inspire us with the memory of Perpetua, Felicity and companions, whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives to your Son’s victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 59).