Why did St. Agnes of Rome become a saint?
St. Agnes was a Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her Faith. Agnes had made a promise, 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 Christ is my only Spouse." Procop, the Governor's 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.
she was a beautiful 13 yr old Roman girl, (who believed in the
teachings of Christ) and was sought in marriage by young men of
great Roman families. She refused them all and was accused of being
a christian by one of them as a result. Like other Christians of
Rome , she was ordered to make a sacrifice to the Roman Gods or be
condemned to death. Her calmness and courage in the face of death,
her virginity and her martyrdom are the reasons she became a
Agnes was killed with a sword. She refused to marry the governor's son, Procop. She wanted Jesus as her spouse. She was asked to deny Jesus and marry. When she refused, she was martyred.
St. Agnes is a "pre-congregational" saint. She was declared a saint before the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints came into being that required Rome to examine all evidence before a person could be declared a saint. Except for unproven legends, there is no written record of any miracles that could be attributed to the intercession of St. Agnes. When Agnes was proclaimed a saint, there was no official requirement that miracles be proven.
The symbol for Saint Agnes of Rome is the lamb, because her name means "pure" in Greek and similar for the Latin word Angus, which means lamb. When popes confer a portion of their power on bishops, they send them a woolen cloth called a pallium. These are woolen from the wool of the lambs consecrated on St. Agnes' Day.
St. Agnes entered Heaven and was declared a saint by popular acclaim and devotion long before a formal canonization process existed. She is one of thousands of saints called "pre-congregational" as she was already assumed to be a saint before the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints had been instituted.
St. Agnes, the younger sister of St. Clare of Assisi is reported to be the patron saint of: affianced couples 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, diocese of virgins
When St. Agnes of Rome was 12-13 years of age, she was ordered by Roman authorities to sacrifice to pagan gods and lose her virginity. When she refused Agnes was 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, Italy. When St. Agnes of Rome was 12-13 years of age, she was ordered by Roman authorities to sacrifice…
St. Agnes, virgin and martyr, according to the Roman Martyrology, was 12 years old when she was executed, being stabbed in the throat, during the persecutions authorized by Emperor Diocletian ca. 305 CE. Agnes was buried in the cemetary on the Via Nomentana, where a church was later built ca. 350 CE on the site of the cemetery. In the past, the Feast of St. Agnes was the occasion for the blessing of lambs, whose…