I’m in the middle of reading Eusebius’ church history for the first time. Thanks to Eusebius (c. A.D. 260-339), who preserved it by quoting it in his own book, we can read a letter written around A.D. 177 from brethren in Gaul (modern France), detailing a severe persecution they were enduring. I’m having my church history class read it. I think I referred to this letter in a previous post, but it is accessible online at http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/177-lyonsmartyrs.html . It’s not short, but, if you let the words soak in, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more moving document.