Today is the Feast of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. I knew little of this saint until I read about her during my research for A Subtle Grace. I have dedicated my book to her.
It’s no surprise that St. Agnes’ feast day is so close to the U.S. March for Life. Agnes’ name in Greek means “chaste, pure or sacred,” and in Latin, it means “lamb.” She is the patron saint of young girls, chastity, engaged couples and rape victims (and others). In past centuries, young girls would recite this prayer/poem to St. Agnes on the Eve of the feast day with the hope they would dream of their future husband.
The following is a link to an excerpt of A Subtle Grace which includes the prayer/poem to St. Agnes:
St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us!
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I didn’t know much about St. Agnes either. Thanks Ellen!