Quote of the Day:. “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” --Tertullian of Carthage. Rembrandt. The Martyrdom of St. Stephen. Early Christian Martyrdom. Persecution under Trajan in 112. Martyrs of Vienne & Lyons. Seminar: martyrdom of St Polycarp.
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“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”
--Tertullian of Carthage
Rembrandt.The Martyrdom of St. Stephen
Pliny the Younger Governor of Bythinia 111-113
Emperor Trajan 98-117
Temple dedicated to Trajan in Pergamum
Martyrs of Vienne and Lyons, 177.
I am a Christian.
Blandina was hung up fastened to a stake and exposed, as food to the wild beasts that were let loose against her. Because she appeared as if hanging on a cross and because of her earnest prayers, she inspired the combatants with great zeal. For they looked on this sister in her combat and saw, with their bodily eyes, Him who was crucified for them, that He might persuade those who trust in Him that every one who suffers for the glory of Christ has eternal communion with the living God. When none of the wild beasts at that time touched her, she was taken down from the stake and taken back to prison. She was preserved for another contest. By gaining the victory in more conflicts, she might make the condemnation of the Crooked Serpent unquestionable, and she might encourage the brethren. Though she was an insignificant, weak, and despised woman, yet she was clothed with the great and invincible athlete Christ. On many occasions she had overpowered the enemy, and in the course of the contest had woven for herself the crown of incorruption.