14 Bible Passages on the Holy Mother and Her Seven Sons

The Holy Mother and Her Seven Sons Choosing
Death Over Denying Their Faith

~1~
2 Maccabees 6:1
The desire of King Antiochus IV (175-164 BC) to abolish Judaism within his sprawling empire (same time frame as St. Eleazar).

~2~
2 Maccabees 7:1
King Antiochus's hope to have this mother and her seven sons eat pork as a way to pressure them away from their Faith.

~3~
Leviticus 11:7-8
Mosaic Law on pork.

~4~
2 Maccabees 7:2-6
As the torturous death of the first brother was taking place, the mother encouraged her sons by saying:
The Lord God is looking on and truly has compassion on us. 

The vicious death of the second son ... starting with the tearing out of his hair, and the ripping off of his skin.

~6~
2 Maccabees 7:10-12
The third son then stepped forward with his tongue and hands bravely stretched out ... waiting for his torture to come.  The king was amazed, but brutally murdered him anyways.

~7~
2 Maccabees 7:13-14
When the fourth son was close to death after receiving similar torments, he proclaimed:
It is my choice to die at the hands of mortals with the hope that God will restore me to life.  

In the midst of the vicious abuse towards the fifth son, this son said to the king:
Do not think that our nation is forsaken by God.

The sixth brother also went bravely forward to his horrific persecution and also spoke words of hope in God.

~10~
2 Maccabees 7:20-2327-29
The Holy Mother offered words of hope in the Lord to her last son to be horrendously executed.

~11~
2 Maccabees 7:24
The king decided to offer this last son promises of earthly riches and an honored position.

~12~
2 Maccabees 7:37-38
However, this seventh and last of the sons, instead, said:
Like my brothers, I offer up my body and my life for our ancestral laws,
imploring God to show mercy soon to our nation.

~13~
2 Maccabees 7:39-40
These words enraged the king and he gave the seventh son the cruelest torment of all.

After watching the ghastly deaths of her seven sons, the mother herself was then executed.

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrances 
was the mother who, seeing her seven sons perish 
in a single day, bore it courageously 
because of her hope in the Lord.  
- 2 Maccabees 7:20

The Courage of the Holy Mother Her Holy Seven Sons