It’s the feast of St Agnes today.
She is often depicted in art with a lamb; her name means “lamb” in Latin, “pure” in the Greek. Thus, the iconography. Not surprisingly, she is the patron of young girls…more specifically, the patron of young girls who have been victims of sexual assault. Correspondingly, she is the patron of chastity, which is a topic I have been mulling for years now with the teens filling my house. How to teach what the concept really means, the fullness of that word..not the tiny limited prudery that is inferred by our attention deficit surface dweller culture, but rather the mind blowing actuality of what true chastity/keeping to the truth of who we are – heart soul and body – can bring. But that’s a whole ‘nother post, to be sure.
Anyhow, I have four teens now. St Agnes is a patron I will continue to hit up for prayers; for my girls’ courage and perseverance and sure inner guidance to what’s true and truly good….for them not to get sucked into and wounded, literally or emotionally or spiritually, by this sordid hard world we live in. Because we all need all the help we can get.
From the Collect (prayers for the day):
Almighty ever-living God, who choose what is weak in the world to confound the strong, mercifully grant, that we, who celebrate the heavenly birthday of your Martyr Saint Agnes, may follow her constancy in the faith. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.