Tuesday, October 6, 2015

6 October. Day of Remembrance--1662 Book of Common Prayer: Faith, a Martyr

6 October. Day of Remembrance--1662 Book of Common Prayer: Faith, Martyr

From: http://www.eskimo.com/~lhowell/bcp1662/notes/saints.html#Faith

Faith, Virgin and Martyr,  according to tradition, in Aquitania, under the Diocletian persecution. Although nothing but this is known of her, yet, perhaps from her significant name, many churches in England, including one in the crypt of old St. Paul's, were dedicated to her—October 6th.
We would suggest the Prayer Book be changed here.  The reference to her sexuality and virginity reeks of medievalistic ideas and retro-reading-eisegesis.  What matters is that, married or single, she was honorably and dutiful in whatever estate she found herself.
In our researches in John Fox.  We’ve been counting and keeping numbers. Martyr #1516.  Faith, of Aquitaine, France, was broiled and then beheaded.
Foxe, John.  The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.  Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2001.
Satire-snark alert.  Christian Martyrs Tweet Joel Osteen. 

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