Saint Agnes of Rome

She was a member of the Roman nobility born January 28, 292 and raised in a Christian family. Her name means "pure" in Greek and "lamb" in Latin. She was a beautiful virgin who turned away all suitors, declaring that she could have no spouse but Jesus. Living as a Christian in the time of the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian, she was under constant threat of torture and death. Roman law did not permit the execution of virgins. Legends tell of her being thrown into a brothel, where her purity was miraculously preserved. At first, they tried to kill Agnes by a fire which didn't harm her, and then ended up killing her with a sword. She became a martyr at the very young age of 12. Agnes is buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome. She was the Patron Saint of betrothed couples; chastity and Children of Mary. We celebrate her feast day on January 21.