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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Saint Agnes' Second Feast (Sanctae Agnetis Secundo). Feast Day 28 January.

Unless otherwise stated, Text is taken from
"The Liturgical Year", by Abbot Guéranger, O.S.B.
Translated from the French by Dom Laurence Shepherd, O.S.B.
Christmas, Book II.
Fourth Edition.
Volume 3.

Saint Agnes.
Artist: Domenichino (1581–1641).
Date: 1620.
Current location: Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, England.
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Church of Saint Agnes Outside-the-Walls
Rome, Italy.
Photo taken during a survey of Roman Monuments, 1911 [1].
Date: 1911.
This File: 16 November 2005.
User: Panairjdde.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following three paragraphs are taken from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Church of Saint Agnes Outside-the-Walls (Italian: Sant'Agnese fuori la mura) is a Titulus Church, Minor Basilica, in Rome, on a site sloping down from the Via Nomentana, which runs North-East out of the City, still under its ancient name.

What are said to be the remains of Saint Agnes are below The High Altar. The Church is over one of the Catacombs of Rome, where Saint Agnes was originally buried, and which may still be visited from the Church. The Church was built by Pope Honorius I in the 7th-Century, and largely retains its original structure, despite many changes to the decoration.

In particular, the Mosaic, in the Apse, of Agnes, Honorius and another Pope, is largely in its original condition. The current Cardinal Priest, of the Titulus S. Agnetis Extra moenia, is Camillo Ruini.

Lazzaro Morelli Statue (1661-1662) of Saint Agnes,
atop the Colonnade in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican.
[Editor: Lazzaro Morelli (1619 – 1690) was an Italian Sculptor of the Baroque period.]
This File: 6 November 2011.
User: Cloudbound.
Original Upload Log: 2011-10-30 15:09:48 | Dickstracke | 57569 | 307×600 | Lazzaro Morelli, statue of St. Agnes atop the colonnade in St. Peter's Square, 1661-62 Statue: {{PD-art-3d}} Photo: {{Cc-by-2.0|Photographed by Richard Stracke in St. Peter's Square}}
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: Saint Agnes.
Spanish: Santa Inés.
Artist: Cesare Dandini (1596–1657).
(Wikimedia Commons)

28 January.
Saint Agnes.
Her Second Feast.

Five days after the Martyrdom of the Virgin Emerentiana (Editor: Feast Day 23 January), the parents of the glorious Saint Agnes visited the tomb of their child, during the night. There to weep and Pray. It was the eighth day since Saint Agnes' Martyrdom.

Whilst they were thinking upon the cruel death, which, though it enriched their child with a Martyr's Palm, had deprived them of her society, Agnes suddenly appeared to them: She was encircled with a bright light, and wore a Crown on her head, and was surrounded by a Choir of Virgins of dazzling beauty. On her Right-Hand, there stood a beautiful White Lamb, the emblem of The Divine Spouse of Agnes.

Turning towards her parents, she said to them: "Weep not over my death: For I am now in Heaven, together with these Virgins, living with Him whom I loved on Earth with my whole Soul."

It is to Commemorate this glorious apparition that The Holy Church has instituted this Feast, which is called Saint Agnes' Second Feast (Sanctae Agnetis Secundo). Let us Pray to this fervent spouse of The Divine Lamb, that she intercede for us with Him, and present us to Him in this Life, until it be given to us to possess Him face-to-face in Heaven. Let us unite with The Church in the following Prayer, which she uses in today's Office:

Stans a dextris ejus Agnus nive candidior.
Christus sibi Sponsam et Martyrem consecravit.

Specie tua, et pulchritudine tua.

Intende, prospere procede et regna.

Deus qui nos annua beatae Agnetis
Virginis et Martyris tuae solemnitate laetificas:
da quaesumus, ut quam veneramur officio,
etiam piae conversationis sequamur exemplo.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

Standing at her Right-Hand,
as a Lamb Whiter than Snow,
Christ consecrated her to Himself
as His Spouse and Martyr.

With thy comeliness and thy beauty.

Set out, proceed prosperously, and reign.

Let Us Pray.
O God, Who rejoicest us
by the yearly Solemnity of Blessed Agnes,
the Virgin and Martyr: Grant, we beseech Thee,
that we may imitate her life,
to whose memory we pay this honour.
Through Christ Our Lord.

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