The guards threw Saint Perpetua into the arena first. She arose from the ground and looked around with confusion on her face because she had been so deeply involved in her prayers. She saw Felicity lying on the ground and went to her friend, helping her up. Saint Perpetua then said, “When are we going to be led to the beasts?”
Saint Perpetua did not realize that she had already been mauled by the wild animals until she looked down and saw the blood and gashes on her body. The crowd jeered and yelled for the Christians to be slaughtered in the middle of the arena for all to see.
The group of Christians, including Saint Perpetua, went to the center of the amphitheater without being forced by the guards. They kissed each other with the kiss of peace and all were beheaded for the love of Jesus Christ.
Saint Perpetua Remembered
Saint Perpetua is venerated by today’s Christians for her spiritualness and bravery when facing the wild beasts. Her strength and courage are a witness to her love of Jesus, willing to die for her faith rather than reject the Lord.