The Holy Martyrs Perpetua, Felicitas and Satyrus, and others with them
(February 1)

They were all thrown into prison for their Christian faith in the time of the Emperor Septimus Severus. St Perpetua was of a noble fam-ily, and she encouraged all the other captives in the prison to be fearless in their suffering for Christ. Perpetua saw in a dream a lad-der stretching from earth to heaven, all thickly set with sharp knives, swords, stakes, hooks, nails and other deadly implements. A terrible serpent lay at its foot. She saw Satyrus run first up the lad-der to the top without injury, and call thence to her: `Perpetua! I'm waiting for you. Come on, but mind the serpent!' Encouraged by this, Perpetua stood on the serpent's head, as if on the first rung, then in her turn hastened to the top. When she reached it, she saw the beautiful court of heaven and rejoiced with great joy. When she recounted her dream to the other captives, they all interpreted it as meaning that death would soon come to them, and to Satyrus the first-which quickly came about. Satyrus was killed first, then Per-petua, then the rest in order. As lambs butchered for Christ the Lamb of God, they received from Christ the eternal reward in the Kingdom of light. They all suffered for Christ between 202 and 203.

* From "The Prologue from Ochrid", by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic - Lazarica Press - Birmingham 1985
Four Book Edition - Translated by Mother Maria - Dates based on old church calendar.
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