Saint Brigid Religious Education
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Felicity lived in Carthage, North Africa, in the third century. It was
the time of the fierce persecution of Christians by Emperor Septimus
Twenty-two-year-old Perpetua was the daughter of a rich nobleman. While
growing up, she had received everything she wanted. But she realized
that she loved Jesus and her Christian faith more than anything the
world could offer. For this she found herself a prisoner on the way to
execution. Perpetua's father was a pagan. He did everything possible to
persuade his daughter to give up her Christian faith. He tried to
convince her of the importance of saving her life. But the woman would
not give in, even though she knew that she would have to leave behind
her husband and baby.
Felicity, Perpetua's Christian maid, had been a slave. She and Perpetua
were great friends. They shared their belief in and love for Jesus.
Felicity, too, was willing to sacrifice her life for Jesus and for her
faith. For this she also found herself a prisoner on the way to
execution. Felicity was also a young wife. While in prison for her
faith, she became a mother as well. Her little baby was adopted by a
good Christian woman. Felicity was happy because now she could die a
martyr. Hand in hand, Perpetua and Felicity bravely faced martyrdom
together. They were charged by wild animals and then beheaded. They died
around the year 202.