Primus and his younger brother Felician, the sons of a Roman nobleman, were converts to Christianity who devoted themselves to corporal works of mercy. They frequented the prisons, visiting their fellow Christians imprisoned for their faith by the pagan Roman authorities. Eventually the two brothers were themselves apprehended. After refusing to sacrifice to the pagan gods, the two were scourged. As this failed to shake their profession of the faith, they were tortured a second time. Primus was then beheaded, after which his brother was told the falsehood that Primus had apostatized. Recognizing this as a lie, Felician remained steadfast, and suffered martyrdom that same day.
By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Olympias born into a wealthy noble Constantinople family. She was orphaned when a child and was given over to the care of Theodosia by her uncle, the prefect Procopius. She married Nebridius, also a ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels