Posts Tagged ‘saint peter in chains’

Saint Peter in Chains

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Visitors to Rome are often drawn to the Colosseum, a marvel of architecture from the first century A.D. For Christians today, those ruins also serve as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by the early followers of Christ who were martyred in that amphitheater for their faith. That same message can be drawn from […] [Read more]

“Stand fast in the faith, and love one another, all of you, and be not offended at my sufferings”

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Today, the Church celebrates the inspiring witness of two young women, Perpetua and Felicity, who were martyred during the persecution of Emperor Septimus Severus.  In the diary that she left behind, Vivia Perpetua (whose name means “life everlasting”) gives this account: “[Hilarianus the procurator], said, ‘Spare the infancy of your boy, offer sacrifice for the […] [Read more]

Saint Peter in Chains

Monday, February 27th, 2012

According to an ancient tradition in Rome, the faithful gather at a different church each day during Lent.  The designated church for the day is called the “station” church.  Some writers note that the designation comes from the Latin, referring to the people gathering or standing around the altar. In any case, the “station” church […] [Read more]