Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
Saint of the day
Saint Agnes (d.304)
Saint Agnes made a pledge to God, whom she called her heavenly Spouse, that she would remain a consecrated virgin throughout her life. Agnes was very beautiful, and many young men wanted to marry her. In order to keep her pledge to God, Agnes politely turned them all down. One enraged suitor accused her of being a Christian, and she was brought to the governor. He tempted Agnes with elaborate gifts to deny God, but Agnes stood firm in her beliefs. He tried to shake her faith by chaining her and then throwing her into a house of prostitution, but an angel protected Agnes through her hardships and she did not deny God. Finally, the emperor condemned her to death; Agnes was only 13 years old. Many people wept for beautiful Agnes on her execution day, but she radiated joy to be going to her heavenly home to be with her Spouse. She bowed her head in prayer when she awaited her execution by sword. Saint Agnes's name means "pure one" and she is the patron saint of engaged couples, chastity, girls, and rape victims.
Saint Agnes was a very faithful young disciple, in both good times and difficult times. Do you have the courage to follow Jesus when times get tough or when you face temptation? Ask the Lord for help to become a more faithful disciple.
Spirit of God, be with me when I am tempted to slack off in following Jesus. Empower me to be a faithful disciple in hard times as well as good times. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Ordinary Time
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Reading 1: Heb 9:2-3, 11-14
Responsorial Psalm: 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Alleluia: See Acts 16:14B
Gospel: Mk 3:20-21View complete readings on USCCB.org