CHAPTER II-VIII

Posted: September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

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THE TEN PRIMITIVE PERSECUTIONS

VIII. The Eighth Persecution, Under Valerian, AD 257

Began under Valerian, in the month of April, 257, and continued for three years and six months. The martyrs that fell in this persecution were innumerable, and their tortures and deaths as various and painful. The most eminent martyrs were the following, though neither rank, sex, nor age were regarded.

Rufina and Secunda were two beautiful and accomplished ladies, daughters of Asterius, a gentleman of eminence in Rome. Rufina the elder, was designed in marriage for Armentarius, a young noble man; Secunda, the younger, for Verinus, a person of rank and opulence. The suitors, at the time of the persecution’s commencing were both Christians; but when danger appeared, to save their fortunes, they renounced their faith. They took great pains to persuade the ladies to do the same, but, disappointed in their purpose the lovers were base enough…

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