The Holy Martyr Felicitas and her seven sons.

Commemorated January 25 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

Condemned to death for her Christian faith in 164, in the reignof the Emperor Antoninus, together with her seven sons, she begged God only that she should not be killed before her sons, so that she might be able to encourage them in their torture and death not to deny Christ. And so it came to pass, by the providence of God. This mother joyfully bade her sons farewell one after the other, until she had seen all seven executed. Then she also, with thanksgiving to God, embraced a martyr's death. They all suffered in Rome, where their relics are preserved.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK

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