St Agnes

Agnes of Rome (c. 291 – c. 304) is a virgin–martyr, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern 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 chastity, gardeners, 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 the Roman Catholic calendar of saints and in the General Roman Calendar of 1962.
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”.
(Source: Wikipedia)


And so today is my Name Day!!!

Detail from Juan Vincent Masip's The Martyrdom of St. Agnes

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      2012.01.23 Edited

      happy virgin martyr name day to you! ;-)

      just don't let anyone cut off your head

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      2012.01.21 Edited

      Kívánok számodra Ágnes napja alkalmával egészséget és boldogságot még a kis dogokban is ...........szép fényeket , üdv.Terike

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      Joe
      2012.01.21 Edited

      Thanks for the info and great picture, Agnes. A patron saint for gardeners!!

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      2012.01.20 Edited

      Great find for your "Name Day" but I certainly hope you don't end up a martyr! LOL! Happy name day!