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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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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 1

In the next few days/posts I will be sharing a paper that I will be reading at the North American Patristics Society on May 25, 2012.  It is asking the question can martyrdom be considered a sacrament.  I have to … Continue reading

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