Tag Archives: Martyrdom

Saints Friday: St. Perpetua and Her Companions

St. Perpetua and Her Companions are some of the most well-known martyrs of the early Church.  Their feast day is next Thursday March 7th. Their story is touching and heroic.  The main character in the martyrdom is St. Perpetua; she … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: The Great Persecution before the Peace Part 2

If you need a recap you can find it here. So Diocletian’s edicts against the Christians were some of the harshest and restricting the Christians had seen.  His first edict was that all churches and Sciptures be burned.  The second … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: The Great Persecution before the Peace

Warning this will have some pretty heavy history talk in it (and it might go on for more than one week)! Early in the fourth century, the worst persecution of the early Church took place, but was also the last … Continue reading

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Saints Friday: Monks and Martyrs

There are not really any good saint feast days coming up within the next week.  I know there is St. Valentine’s day, but there is almost no information available about St. Valentine.  So instead of trying to write a lot of … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: Persecutions of the Third Century

Around the year 200 marks the start of the great persecutions of the Church.  Yes, there had been persecutions before 200, but they were mostly local persecutions, not Empire wide mandates.  Christian and Jewish persecution saw a greater increase at … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 10

This is the conclusion to the paper, nuff said.  It would seem safe to say from all the evidence provided above that martyrdom could be considered a sacrament of the Church.  This paper has tried to show through the use … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 8

This section of the paper focuses on the continuing help the martyrs give to the church.  The topic of relics and loci are discussed.  The Early Church believed the martyrs and other saints were able to intercede on their behalf and the relics of … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 7

In this section, I focus on the spiritual warfare the martyrs face up to and at their death.  Much of the scholarship is taken from Paul Middleton and St. Clement of Alexandria.  The martyrs faced not only the governmental authorities, … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament, Part 5

In this section of the paper, I explore the idea of the martyr bearing spiritual fruit leading up to, in, and after his/her death.  It focuses on evidence from The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, The Vision of St. Perpetua, and … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 2

In this section of the paper, I explore the first part of the definition of sacrament given in Part 1.  I try to show how the martyrs posses “visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.”  Examples are taken mainly from the … Continue reading

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