Saint Agnes is one of the most glorious saints in the calendar of the Roman Church. The name "Agnes", means 'lamb' in Latin, but in Greek it is 'the pure one'".
One day thirteen year old Agnes, was returning home from school, she happened to meet Symphronius, a son of the city Prefect. At once he became passionately attracted to her and tried to win her by precious gifts. Agnes rejected him, saying: "Away from me, food of death, for I have already found another lover"
"With His ring my Lord Jesus Christ has betrothed me, and He has adorned me with the bridal crown"
Mad by her rejection, he denounced Agnes to his father, the city prefect. When he threatened her with commitment to a house of ill fame, Agnes replied:
"At my side I have a protector of my body, an angel of the Lord"
A light enveloped her and blinded all who tried to approach. Then another judge condemned her to the stake because the pagan priests accused her of sorcery.
As she was burning, she prayed with outstretched arms: "I extol You with my lips, and I desire You with all my heart and strength."
After the flames died out, she continued:
"I praise You, Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, because by Your Son the fire around me was extinguished."
And now she longed for union with Christ: Her wish was granted; the judge ordered her beheaded.
Eight days after her death Agnes appeared to her parents with a train of virgins, and a lamb at her side.
Patron: Affianced couples; betrothed couples; bodily purity; chastity; Children of Mary; Colegio Capranica of Rome; crops; engaged couples; gardeners; Girl Scouts; girls; rape victims; diocese of Rockville Centre, New York; virgins.