A Saint of the Day for Jan.21

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AGNES, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

Liturgical sources indicate that Agnes (d. ca. 305) was one of the most famous of the early Roman martyrs. There is strong evidence of an early cult. She was killed at a very young age (probably twelve or thirteen) during the persecution of Diocletian in the Stadium of Domitian, now the Piazza Navona. Because of the similarity of her name to the Latin word for lamb (agnus), the lamb has been her

emblem since the sixth century. Her feast is on the General Roman Calendar. She is patron saint of young girls and the Children of Mary, a pious sodality dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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