The Lives of the Primitive Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints: Compiled from Original Monuments and Other Authentic Records, Volume 3

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Page 199 - Whilst Alypius, assisted by the governor of the province, urged, with vigour and diligence, the execution of the work, horrible balls of fire breaking out near the foundations, with frequent and reiterated attacks, rendered the place, from time to time, inaccessible to the scorched and blasted workmen; and the victorious element continuing in this manner obstinately and resolutely bent, as it were, to drive them to a distance, the undertaking was abandoned.
Page 284 - And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word.
Page 307 - One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Page 65 - Jesus Christ. When it came to my turn, my father instantly appeared with my infant. He drew me a little aside, conjuring me in the most tender manner not to be insensible to the misery I should bring on that innocent creature to which I had given life. The president Hilarian joined with my father and said : ' What ! will neither the gray hairs of a father you are going to make miserable, nor the tender innocence of a child, which your death will leave an orphan, move you ? Sacrifice for the prosperity...
Page 64 - And she answered, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ he shall not hurt me. And as she began to ascend the first step of the ladder she seemed to tread upon his head. When she arrived at the top she saw a venerable man in the guise of a shepherd, feeding his flock ; and round him stood many thousands clothed in white. He raised his head, and looked on her, and said, You are...
Page 67 - He tore his beard, he threw himslf prostrate on the ground, cursed his years, and said enough to move any creature ; and I was ready to die with sorrow to see my father in so deplorable a condition. On the eve of the shows, I was favoured with the following vision. The deacon Pomponius, methought, knocked very hard at the prison-door, which I opened to him. He was clothed with a white robe embroidered with innumerable pomegranates of gold. He said to me : " Perpetua, we wait for you, come along."...
Page 72 - Sanevivaria, where those that were not killed by the beasts were despatched at the end of the shows by the confectores. Perpetua was here received by Rusticus, a catechumen, who attended her. This admirable woman seemed just returning to herself out of a long ecstasy, and asked when she was to fight the wild cow. Being told what had passed, she could not believe it till she saw on her body and clothes the marks of what she had suffered, and knew the catechumen. "With regard to this circumstance of...
Page 70 - When they came to the gate of the amphitheatre, the guards would hare given them, according to custom, the superstitious habits with which they adorned such as appeared at these sights. For the men, a red mantle, which was the habit of the priests of Saturn : for the women, a little fillet round the head, by which the priestesses of Ceres were known. The martyrs rejected those idolatrous...
Page 48 - At seventeen he received the habit of S. Domenico at Naples. His mother, the Countess Teodora, tried to prevent his taking the final vows, and he fled from her towards Paris.
Page 130 - I remember with tears that I have lost the calm harbour of my repose, and with many a sigh I look upon the firm land which I cannot reach. If you love me, assist me with your prayers.

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