She took a vow of chastity. But the son of a Roman prefect tried to cure her of this terrible affliction after she spurned him and his favorite goddess Vesta.
To teach her a lesson he sent her naked to a brothel, but her hair grew instantly in a miraculous manner which covered her nakedness. Then an angel appeared to give her a cloak of light, which scared the living daylights out of all who saw her, some of whom went for instant conversion.
Her suitor had a last go at her and was struck dead by a demon. Persisting executioners who tried to burn her were consumed by their own flames.
Eventually one survivor managed to stick a knife in her throat, presumably when her guardian angel weren’t looking. And that was it. A martyr at thirteen. Far too young for that sort of thing.
Since then, she has been venerated as the Patron Saint of Girls, Engaged Couples and Painters. Artists always depicted her with a lamb, presumably because ‘agnus’ is Latin for lamb. That’s a good enough excuse for nice cuddly pictures devoid of nastiness.
St. Agnes of Rome Facts and Figures
Name: Agnes of Rome
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Birth and Death Dates: 291-304
Celebration or Feast Day: January 21st
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 402
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Article last revised on July 26, 2019 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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