There are three glorious mothers among the saints who were martyred along with their seven sons. They are: Saint Felicitas, Saint Symphorosa, and, from the Old Testament, Saint Samona. This last is known as the Mother of the Machabees. Saint Felicitas was a widow. She was tried with her seven boys before the Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Rome. She encouraged every one of her sons to shed his blood for the Catholic Faith. She stood by and watched each one of them as he suffered and died. Four months later, on November 23, she was herself beheaded. But it is beautiful to put her in commemoration along with her seven sons on July 10, in the month of the Precious Blood of Jesus.