Agnes was a little girl
And everywhere that Jesus went
Agnes was sure to go.
Christians were being grabbed in the streets or dragged from their homes. Some had their heads cut off. Others weren’t so lucky: they were cruelly tortured before they were killed.
The ones who were left found comfort in their faith and in the grace of Christ. They also told each other about the heroism of those who had already died for the faith.
Many talked about a little girl named Agnes, whose name meant “lamb.”
The brutes had taken her too, but she refused to give up her faith, so they killed her.
If that little girl could be so brave for Christ, Christians told each other, we can be too.
Agnes’ name would be remembered every time they gathered and, seventeen hundred years later, Agnes’ name is still included in the Roman Canon, the first Eucharistic Prayer.
Saint Agnes is especially remembered every year on this day.
(In Rome on this day every year there is a special blessing of lambs. Wool from these lambs is later made into ceremonial cloths [pallia or palliums] that are placed by the tomb of St. Peter and then worn by archbishops throughout the world.)
(from a previous post)