Saint Days: Saint Agnes, Martyr
St. Agnes (291-304) was a 13 year old girl who refused marriage on account of her dedication to Christ. As a result, local leaders tried to burn her at the stake but God protected her and she would not burn. Eventually, one of the soldiers stabbed her with his sword, killing her.
Her story reminds us of the sacrifice made by Christ and her name, Agnes, sounds like agnus (lamb) which hearkens to Jesus as the Lamb of God who was sacrificed for us.
Agnes' story inspired many early Christians, including Ambrose, Damasus, Jerome, and Prudentius. Let us also be inspired by this story as we pray:
Almighty God, who gave to your servant St. Agnes boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.