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Grace is poured abroad in thy lips;
therefore hath God blessed thee for ever.

Because of truth and meekness and justice:
and thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully.

Thou loveth justice, and hateth iniquity:
therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 44 (45): 3, 5, 8
"This is a virginís birthday; let us follow the example of her chastity. It is a martyrís birthday; let us offer sacrifices; it is the birthday of holy Agnes: let men be filled with wonder, little ones with hope, married women with awe, and the unmarried with emulation. It seems to me that this child, holy beyond her years and courageous beyond human nature, received the name of Agnes (Greek: pure) not as an earthly designation but as a revelation from God of what she was to be."
Saint Augustine of Hippo
Saint Agnes
Saint Agnes, who name means "lamb" in Latin, was a Roman girl (291-30 4AD) who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her Faith. Agnes had made a promise, to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was very great and she hated sin even more than death! Since she was very beautiful, many young men wished to marry Agnes, but she would always say, "Jesus is my only Spouse."

Procop, the Governorís son, became very angry when she refused him. He had tried to win her for his wife with rich gifts and promises, but the beautiful young girl kept saying, "I am already promised to the Lord of the Universe. He is more splendid than the sun and the stars, and He has said He will never leave me!" In great anger, Procop accused her of being a Christian and brought her to his father, the Governor. The Governor promised Agnes wonderful gifts if she would only deny God, but Agnes refused. He tried to change her mind by putting her in chains, but her lovely face shone with joy. Next he sent her to a place of sin, but an Angel protected her. At last, she was condemned to death. Even the pagans cried to see such a young and beautiful girl going to death.

Yet, Agnes was as happy as a bride on her wedding day. She did not pay attention to those who begged her to save herself. "I would offend my Spouse," she said, "if I were to try to please you. He chose me first and He shall have me!" Then she prayed and bowed her head for the death-stroke of the sword. Under the reign of the Emperor Constantine, a basilica was built in her honor near her tomb.
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Saint Agnes, holy child, all purity;
  Oh may we undefiled, be pure as thee;
  Ready our blood to shed,
Rather than with sin to wed,
  And forth as martyrs led,
  To die like thee.

Saint Agnes, holy child, all purity;
  Oh may we undefiled, be pure as thee;

O gentle Patroness, of holy youth,
  Ask God all those to bless,
  Who love the truth;
  And guide us on our way,
  To the bright eternal day,
  With our hearts pure and gay,
  Dear Saint, like thee.
  
Saint Agnes, holy child, all purity;
  Oh may we undefiled, be pure as thee;

Look down and hear our prayer
  From realms above;
  Show us a sisterís care,
  A motherís love;
  Be near us all through life,
  Guard and keep us from all strife,
  Till in eternal life, we dwell with thee.

Saint Agnes, holy child, all purity;
  Oh may we undefiled, be pure as thee.
For centuries, two lambs have been brought to the church and blessed every year on Saint Agnes' Feast day. The lambs are then reared in a cloister. When they have grown into sheep, their wool is used to make Ďpalliumsí which are special stoles the Pope presents to newly appointed metropolitan archbishops to wear on their shoulders as symbols of the sheep, carried by the Good Shepherd during the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29th.
Santa Inťs by Onorio Marinari; (b.1627-d.1715)
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January 21 - Saint Agnes of Rome - A Pure, Innocent Lamb - Patroness of Youth
 
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