January 21, 2023
Agnes lived within the fourth century. She was an exquisite younger girl and daughter of a rich Roman household. She had determined as a younger lady that due to her deep love and devotion to God, she would stay an single virgin. Wanting nothing greater than to serve the Lord, she consecrated herself to Him and endeavored at all times to dwell a pure and religious life.
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than her magnificence and piety introduced the unsuitable type of consideration. A younger man by the title of Procop, who was the governor’s son, tried to courtroom her with out success. Angered by her rejection, he denounced her as a Christian and took her to his father. The governor tried to steer Agnes to denounce her Christian religion, however she refused. He had her put in chains, however this did nothing to vary her thoughts. He then sentenced her to a lifetime of prostitution, however nobody got here close to her. It is claimed that an angel protected her. Finally, seeing that nothing would persuade her to show her again on her religion and marry his son, the governor condemned her to demise. It is claimed that even the pagans had been tormented to see such a younger, lovely girl put to demise.
It is claimed that Agnes spoke these phrases whereas being begged to ask for pardon: “I’d offend my Spouse if I had been to attempt to please you. He selected me first and He shall have me!” With these phrases, she bowed her head and obtained the death-blow from the executioner.
While all the main points of Agnes’s life will not be recognized, it’s sure that she was martyred and buried on the Via Nomentana, the place a cemetery was named after her. She has turn out to be a terrific Christian image of virginal innocence.
Dear Agnes, we pray that you’ll proceed to encourage not solely girls, however all Christians to place God above all individuals and all issues. Help us to see how we will consecrate every thing we do and say to Him and for Him. Thank you, Saint Agnes, on your intercession. Amen.
picture: Santa Maria degli Angeli (Folio 32v) depicts St Agnes in an preliminary M. This preliminary begins the introit to the Mass for the feast of St Agnes on January 21 through Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci, Public area, through Wikimedia Commons