Both Saint Augustine and Saint Ambrose tell us that Saint Agnes was 12 years of age when she suffered Martyrdom on orders from the Emperor Diocletian at the beginning of the fourth century.This young martyr found Christ and was willing to give up her life to be united to Him. May you and I be willing to make whatever sacrifices are necessary in order to remain faithful to Jesus and to the truths of the Gospel.
St. Agnes Feast Day 1/21
Her name means ‘pure’ in Greek and ‘lamb’ in Latin. She was a beautiful virgin who turned away all suitors, declaring that she could have no spouse but Jesus. One of Emperor Constantine’s daughters built a church at the site of Agnes’ grave. The wool of two lambs is blessed at the Church of St. Agnes in Rome and is then woven into the pallium (stole of white wool) which the pope wears and confers on archbishops as a symbol of their respective jurisdiction.
May the example and intercession of this young Roman martyr give us the courage to be faithful and courageous witnesses to our contemporaries who themselves are searching for that is true and good. Amen
Prayer to St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
O Little St. Agnes, so young and yet made so strong and wise by the power of God, protect by your prayers all the young people of every place whose goodness and purity are threatened by the evils and impurities of this world. Give them strength in temptation and a true repentance when they fail. Help them to find true Christian friends to accompany them in following the Lamb of God and finding safe pastures in His Church and in her holy sacraments. May you lead us to the wedding banquet of heaven to rejoice with you and all the holy virgin martyrs in Christ who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.