Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Saint of the Week

I strongly recommend finding out more about St. Agnes, since she was only 12 or 13 when she died and provides a fine example of someone standing up for their faith.


3rd Century Virgin and Martyr

Feastday: January 21

Patroness of Rape Victims, Chastity, Young Girls,
Engaged Couples

At age 12 or 13 Agnes was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods and lose her virginity by rape. She was taken to a Roman temple to Minerva (Athena), and when led to the altar, she made the Sign of the Cross. She was threatened, then tortured when she refused to turn against God. Several young men presented themselves, offering to marry her, whether from lust or pity is not known. She said that to do so would be an insult to her heavenly Spouse, that she would keep her consecrated virginity intact, accept death, and see Christ. Martyr Foster-sister of Saint Emerentiana. Mentioned in first eucharistic prayer. On her feast day two lambs are blessed at her church in Rome, and then their wool is woven into the palliums (bands of white wool) which the pope confers on archbishops as symbol of their jurisdiction.

From Catholic Forum.

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