St. Agnes of Rome


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/21
Tridentine Calendar - 01/21


Patron Of: Betrothed Couples, Chastity, Crops, Girl Scouts

Also known as

    * Ines
    * Ines del Campo
    * Ynez

Memorial

    * 21 January
    * for many years there was a second feast on 28 January

Profile

    Foster-sister of Saint Emerentiana. 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. Mentioned in first Eucharistic prayer. On her feast day two lambs are blessed at her church in Rome, Italy and then their wool is woven into the palliums (bands of white wool) which the pope confers on archbishops as symbol of their jurisdiction.

Died

    * beheaded and burned, or tortured and stabbed to death, or stabbed in the throat (sources vary) on 21 January 254 or 304 (sources vary) at Rome, Italy
    * buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome

Name Meaning

    * chaste; lamb; pure one

Patronage

    * affianced couples
    * betrothed couples
    * bodily purity
    * chastity
    * Children of Mary
    * Colegio Capranica of Rome
    * crops
    * engaged couples
    * gardeners
    * Girl Scouts
    * girls
    * Manresa, Spain
    * rape victims
    * Rockville Centre, New York, diocese of
    * virgins

Representation

    * butcher
    * crown of thorns
    * lamb
    * woman with long hair and a lamb, sometimes with a sword at her throat
    * woman with a dove which holds a ring in its beak
    * woman with a lamb at her side

 



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