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St Agnes, virgin and martyr; feast day: January 21

Let us keep with joy the feast of this most holy Virgin, and call to mind the holy passion of blessed Agnes; in her thirteenth year she overcame death and found life,*

Because she loved the only giver of life.

V. Reckoned but a child in years, she understood more than the ancients.

From the book of St Ambrose, Bishop, on Virgins

This is a virgin’s birthday; let us then follow the example of her chastity. It is a Martyr’s birthday; let us then offer sacrifices. It is the birthday of the holy Agnes; let men then be filled with wonder, little ones with hope, married women with awe, and the unmarried with emulation. But how shall I set forth the glory of her whose very name is an utterance of praise?

St Agnes was holy beyond her years

It seems to me that this being, holy beyond her years, received the name of Agnes, not as an earthly designation, but as a revelation from God of what she was to be. The virgin’s name is an appellation of modesty.

Her name is an appellation of modesty

I will call her a Martyr; I have praised her enough. Copious is that praise, which is not sought after but is given by others. None is more praiseworthy than she, for whose praise all mouths are fitted. There are as many heralds proclaiming her praise, as there are men who speak of her as a Martyr. Tradition says that she suffered martyrdom at the age of thirteen. Detestable, indeed, the cruelty that spared not so tender an age; but great was the power of faith that could find even children as witnesses.

– From The Roman Breviary, an approved English translation of the official text of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, 1964




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• “‘Who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves?’ (Luke 22:27)


• ‘Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation the faithful are ‘consecrated to be… a royal priesthood’ (CCC 1546)


• St Thomas Becket is the Patron saint of English priests. They are blessed because of this and stand on the broad shoulders of this manly and courageous saint. His murder in Canterbury cathedral was witnessed first hand. Like St Stephen, with blood streaming down his face he prayed, ‘Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.’ His last words as he lay dying were, ‘For the name of Jesus and the protection of the Church I am ready to embrace death.’ We pray for our clergy that they would know a renewal of their grace of ordination and dedicate their lives in a new way to the building of the kingdom of heaven.


• St Thomas Becket, pray for us. St Thomas Becket, pray for our priests and give them strength to live out their holy vocation.


• Our Father…, Ten Hail Mary…, Glory be…


• Today my prayer is for…”

– From the Resource for the Year of Faith 2012 by Alive Publishing.


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