Afra

Afra martyr of Augusta Vindelicorum (Augsburg), is reported to have been originally a common prostitute, but Rettberg (Kircheng. Deutschlands, 1, 144) denies it. When the persecution in the time of Diocletian and Maximianus Herculius reached Augsburg, Afra was seized and carried before Gains the judge, as a Christian; when Gains could by no means prevail upon her to deny the faith, he condemned her to be burned alive, which sentence was speedily executed (the 7th of August, 304) upon her, continually, during her agony in the flames, glorifying and blessing God. Her festival is kept on the 5th of August. — Butler, Lives of Saints, 3, 327.

 
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