St. Agnes in Agony, Rome
St. Agnes was a virgin, martyred at only twelve years
old. She is beloved to all Christians because of her
courage and faith at the hands of her persecutors. St.
Agnes remained true to Jesus
Christ and pure of body and heart right up to the
time of her death.
It is said that when St. Agnes was tied at the stake,
ready to be burned, the Romans were not able to light
the pyre. One of the soldiers then cut off her head
with his sword.
The Church of St. Agnes in Agony now stands on the spot
where she was martyred at Piazza Navona in Rome. Her
skull is exhibited through a round glass window at the
altar in the Church of St. Agnes in Agony. The church
is a popular pilgrimage for many Christians who revere
St. Agnes and her youthful purity. St. Agnes Day is
celebrated on January 21.
St. Agnes References from the Brewer's Dictionary
Agnes? Day (St.),
21st January. Upon St. Agnes? night, you take a row
of pins, and pull out every one, one after another.
Saying a pater-noster, stick a pin in your sleeve, and
you will dream of him or her you ?hall marry.-Aubrey:
Miscellany, p. 136.
is represented by Domenichino as kneeling on a pile
of fagots, the fire extinguished, and the executioner
about to slay her with the sword. The introduction of
a lamb (agnus) is a modern innovation, and play on the
name. St. Agnes is the patron of young virgins.
"St. Agnes was first tied to a stake, but the
fire of the stakes went out; whereupon Aspasius, set
to watch the martyrdom, drew his sword, and cut off
Showing Reverence to St. Agnes
St. Agnes is the patron saint of young girls because
she showed such courage as a girl herself. Many Christians
give newborn girls and girls who are making their First
Communion or Confirmation a St. Agnes medal as a reminder
to them to remain courageous and true to their faith.
The St. Agnes necklace is a favorite for girls to wear
every day, showing reverence to this young, courageous
is available in 14k gold gold
filled an sterling silver. It also comes in three
sizes. Click on image.
is a small size perfect for a
bracelet or a necklace for a child. All sterling
silver and gold filled pendants come with a chain.
You can choose a bracelet as well.