Born c. 291 and raised in a Christian family.
Saint Agnes a Christian Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she was martyred for her faith.
Her love for the Lord was very great and she hated sin even more than death! Since she was very beautiful, many young men wished to marry Agnes.
A pagan young man became very angry when she refused him. He had tried to win her for his wife with rich gifts and promises, but the beautiful young girl kept saying, “I am already promised to the Lord Jesus, He is more lovely than the whole world and He has said He will never leave me!” In great anger, the young man accused her of being a Christian and brought her to his father, the Governor.
The Governor promised Agnes that she would live if she would only deny Jesus, but Agnes refused. He tried to change her mind by putting her in chains, but her lovely face shone with joy.
Then Governor had her striped naked and dragged through the streets to a brothel. As she prayed, her hair grew and covered her body.
It was also said that all of the men who attempted to rape her were immediately struck blind.
When led out to die she was tied to a stake, but the bundle of wood would not burn, whereupon the officer in charge of the troops drew his sword and beheaded her.
Patron Saint of Young Girls
Feast Day – January 21