SAINT AGNES OF ROME: Santa Inés de Roma, Francesco Guarino

Published January 21, 2014 by goyodelarosa

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Summary[edit]

Artist
[show]Francesco Guarino (1611–1654) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q2397388
Title
Español: Santa Inés
Date 1650
Medium oil
Unknown
Source/Photographer http://www.santagnese.org

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Agnes of Rome

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Saint Agnes
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Saint Agnes by Domenichino
Virgin and Martyr
Born c. 291
Died c. 304
Honored in Roman Catholic ChurchEastern Catholic ChurchesEastern Orthodox ChurchesOriental Orthodox ChurchesAnglican CommunionLutheranism
Canonized Pre-congregation
Majorshrine Church of Sant’Agnese fuori le mura and the Church ofSant’Agnese in Agone, both inRome
Feast 21 January; before Pope John XXIII revised the calendar, there was a second feast on January 28
Attributes lambmartyr’s palm
Patronage Betrothed coupleschastity;Children of Mary; Colegio Capranica of Rome; crops;gardenersGirl Guides; girls; rape victims; virgins; the diocese ofRockville Centre, New York

Agnes of Rome (c. 291 – c. 304) is a virginmartyr, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic ChurchEastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and Lutheranism. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is the patron saint of chastitygardeners, girls, engaged couples, rape victims, and virgins.

She is also known as Saint Agnes and Saint Ines. Her memorial, which commemorates her martyrdom, is 21 January in both theRoman Catholic calendar of saints and in the General Roman Calendar of 1962.[1] The 1962 calendar includes a second feast on 28 January, which commemorates her birthday. Agnes is depicted in art with a lamb, as her name resembles the Latin word for “lamb”,agnus. The name “Agnes” is actually derived from the feminine Greek adjective “hagnē” (ἁγνή) meaning “chaste, pure, sacred”. 

Biography[edit]

According to tradition, Saint Agnes was a member of the Roman nobility born c. 291 and raised in a Christian family. She suffered martyrdom at the age of twelve[2] or thirteen during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, on 21 January 304.

Agnes, whose name means “chaste” in Greek, was a beautiful young girl of wealthy family and therefore had many suitors of high rank. Details of her story are unreliable, but legend holds that the young men, slighted by Agnes’ resolute devotion to religious purity, submitted her name to the authorities as a follower of Christianity.[3]

The Prefect Sempronius condemned her to be dragged naked through the streets to a brothel. Various versions of the legend give different methods of escape from this predicament. In one, as she prayed, her hair grew and covered her body.[4] It was also said that all of the men who attempted to rape her were immediately struck blind. In another the son of the prefect is struck dead, but revived after Agnes prayed for him, causing her release. There is then a trial from which Sempronius excuses himself, and another figure presides, sentencing her to death. When led out to die she was tied to a stake, but the bundle of wood would not burn, or the flames parted away from her, whereupon the officer in charge of the troops drew his sword and beheaded her, or, in some other texts, stabbed her in the throat. It is also said that the blood of Agnes poured to the stadium floor where other Christians soaked up the blood with cloths.

Agnes depicted on the Royal Gold Cup

Agnes was buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome.[3] A few days after Agnes’ death, her foster-sister, Saint Emerentiana, was found praying by her tomb; she claimed to be the daughter of Agnes’ wet nurse, and was stoned to death after refusing to leave the place and reprimanding the pagans for killing her foster sister. Emerentiana was also later canonized. The daughter of Constantine I,Saint Constance, was also said to have been cured of leprosy after praying at Agnes’ tomb. Emerentiana and Constance appear in the scenes from the life of Agnes on the 14th-century Royal Gold Cup in the British Museum.

An early account of Agnes’ death, stressing her steadfastness and virginity, but not the legendary features of the tradition, is given bySaint Ambrose.[2]

Veneration[edit]

Agnes’ bones are conserved beneath the high altar in the church of Sant’Agnese fuori le mura in Rome, built over the catacomb that housed Agnes’ tomb. Her skull is preserved in a separate chapel in the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone in Rome’s Piazza Navona.

Patronage[edit]

Saint Agnes is the patron saint of young girls. Folk custom called for them to practise rituals on Saint Agnes’ Eve (20–21 January) with a view to discovering their future husbands. This superstition has been immortalised in John Keats‘s poemThe Eve of Saint Agnes“.

Santa InésGuarino, 1650.

Churches[edit]

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