Friday, February 24, 2012

Top 5 Martyr Deaths

1. Perpetua and Felicity

Perpetua and Felicity are Christian martyrs of the 3rd century. Perpetua (born in 181) was a 22-year old married noble, and a nursing mother. Her co-martyr Felicity, an expectant mother, was her slave. In the year 203 Perpetua and Felicity were arrested for their faith and executed.

2. Saint Cecilia

Cecilia was a Roman noble professing Christianity. She was tortured and executed for her faith. Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Church music because as she was dying she sang to God.
3. Cyriacus of Ostia

Cyriacus was Bishop of Ostia and talented healer. He suffered martyrdom during the persecutions of Emperor Severus Alexander.
4. Agnes of Rome

Agnes of Rome was tortured and executed for her faith and vow of chastity. She is the patron saint of gardeners, girls, engaged couples, chastity, rape victims, and virgins.
5. Edmund the Martyr

Edmund was a king of East Anglia, an Anglo-Saxon kingdom. Edmund was captured and tortured by the Danish Great Heathen Army and died the death of a Christian martyr. He is a patron saint of kings and torture victims.

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