During the Hadrian reign in Italy (A.D. 117-138), a woman named
Sophia gave birth to three daughters: Faith, Hope and Agape. Sophia
taught her daughters Christianity, openly teaching them piety and
prayer during a time when it was forbidden by Roman law. When word
of their manner of life reached the emperor, he sent soldiers to
bring them before him.
The emperor attempted to change their world view by offering
them luxuries and a different lifestyle.
However, despite their young years, the sisters were committed
in their faith. Thinking their steadfastness only was a result of
supporting each other, the emperor separated them.
Twelve-year-old Faith boldly dismissed the emperor's flattery
and shamed his deeds against Christians. The maddened emperor
tortured Faith and beheaded her. Ten-year-old Hope confessed Christ
as steadfastly as her sister Faith, so the emperor threw her into a
raging furnace. The flames extinguished upon touching her, so she,
too, died by the sword. Agape, the youngest at 9 years old, was as
devoted as her sisters. The emperor, now furious, hung her on a
gallows, broke her limbs and beheaded...
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