Agatha and Elizabeth Kampner, Anabaptist martyrs, natives of Braidenberg in the Adige Valley, Austria, were seized in 1529 with three brethren and two sisters in Fill in the Adige, and executed on 19 November 1529.
Agatha confessed that she had been baptized before Christmas, 1528, by a preacher named Töbich, in a village near St. Gall, Switzerland; she did not consider infant baptism valid; for even if children die without baptism, they die in innocence and are the Lord's. The Mass she considered nothing; for Christ had not said to His disciples: Go ye and hold Mass, but go ye and preach the Gospel. Concerning communion she said, because one confesses in the faith that He is seated at the right hand of the heavenly Father, whence He will come to judge the quick and the dead, she did not believe that He permits the priests to put Him into the host. Concerning holy days she said no day is holier than another; Sunday was ordained in order that people may meet, preach, and speak about the Gospel; it is now misused for gluttony and other evil. With the help and grace of God she would stand by her faith.
Elizabeth confessed that she had been baptized by Georg Blaurock in the summer of 1529, in accord with the command of Christ in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. On other points she expressed herself like her sister.
With them were executed two other women, Christine Töllinger of Penon and Barbara of Thiers, and four men, Wolfgang von Mos of Teutsch-Noffen, Thoman im Waldt from Aldain, Georg Frik of Wirtsburg, and Mang Kager of Füssen.
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