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St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr (St. Agnes of Rome)

Also known as Ines, Ines del Campo, Ynez ,

Memorial 21 January

Profile 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. 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 buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome

Name Meaning chaste; lamb; pure one

Patronage: 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,

Representation 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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