Tuesday, October 14, 2008

St. Agnes of Rome ~ My Daughter's Paton Saint

My 17 year old daughter was confirmed the day before yesterday and she chose St. Agnes as her patron saint. Her father and I are very pleased with this choice. When she was about 9 years old, I used to read the children each night after bedtime prayers and story from a children's book of saints. I hope I never forget the way her face lit up when I read the story of St. Agnes. "Mommy, can she be MY patron saint?" She has had a devotion to her ever since, along with Sts. Michael, Sebastian and Lucy. The bishop asked her how she plans to emulate the virtues of St. Agnes and she replied "I will remain pure and chaste like her." Isn't that beautiful!? May the Lord be praised! Here are some more beautiful images of this powerful saint and her brief life story...

St Agnes Virgin Martyr

Holy Agnes was martyred on 21st January c305 AD in the Piazza Navona in Rome, at the tender age of twelve or thirteen. The son of the Governor of Rome proposed marriage, but Agnes preferred virginity. Her refusal to accept his hand, sent the Governor into a rage, and he threatened to expose Agnes’s parents as Christians, and so face certain death. He tried to persuade Agnes to change her mind by making her walk naked through the city, but her hair miraculously grew to cover her body and save her nakedness. This could not change her mind, so Agnes was burned at the stake, but the flames refused to touch her. She was sent to the lions, who made no attack on her. The son of the Governor goaded the lions who then attacked and killed him. The Father, distraught at his son’s death, pleaded with Agnes to pray for him, and at her intercession he was restored to health. Undeterred, the Governor had Agnes beheaded. Her body was buried in the Catacombs outside the city. On the octave day, she appeared in a vision, full of assurance of her well-being.

Her preference of death, rather than any violation to her young sacred body won her much renown in the early Church, most especially in Europe.

Her severed head is in the Church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone in the Piazza Navona. Her body is in the Basilica of Sant’ Agnese fuori le Mura (St Agnes outside the Walls) on the Via Nomentana.

Because of the resemblance of her name, Agnes to agnus (latin for lamb) she is often represented in Art carrying a lamb. And, on her feast day in the Basilica of St Agnes the Holy Father blesses lambs, from which the sisters of St Agnes’ convent make the Sacred Pallia, worn by Archbishops. Once the Pallia are made, they rest above the tomb of St Peter in the Vatican, from where new Archbishops receive them from the Holy Father.

We celebrate with her and all the saints, their victory over death and suffering through Jesus. We also pray and hope that we will be amongst their number and remain loyal to the faith which she professed, live and died by.

Holy Agnes, pray for us and for my daughter until she stand beside you in heaven!


marie6 said...

Thank you for following my blog. I do visit your blog from time to time although I don't often leave a comment, in fact it was me who discovered your blog while I was helping Dina out with her blog long before I started my own blog, and thats how you came back to find me , through Dina's blog.

Interesting that your husband wants to move to Malta, is he a maltese descendant maybe? Any questions you might have, I'll be glad to answer, but what I can tell you is many foreigners opt for Malta as their second home, so I hope it all works out for you.

And I love St.Agnes' story, I remember it from religious classes when still at school. Here we are confirmed at the age of 10, but looks like they will be changing the age to 13 so the children are more mature>

Sanctus Belle said...

Yes my dear husband is indeed thinking of moving us to Malta but my bet is its a passing fancy. He and I both would love to live in a Catholic country with an intact Catholic culture. America is becoming extremely secular and the hearts of many grow cold. THAT and he wants very badly to live in a warmer climate. If we did move to Malta, it would be just that - moving there. We would immigrate..

I'll let you know if he starts to make serious plans because I'll need more info on just where are good places to live.

Thanks for visiting!

Micki said...

Love your St. Agnes post.
We had nuns from the "Sisters of St. Agnes" at our church when we first came here.
I was always fond of her as a child because the holy cards always had the cutest lambs on them.

marie6 said...

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