celebrated by the Church on January 21st
Agnes died in the year 304 at the age of 12 years, in Rome during the persecution under Emperor Diocletian. She was tortured and executed after refusing to worship the heathen gods. Her name means “pure” in Greek, and “lamb” in Latin. Each year the wool of two lambs is used to create a scarf, known as a pallium, used by the bishop of Rome to invest an archbishop. Gregory the Great sent one to first Archbishop of Canterbury, St. Augustine. The pall is part of the coat of arms of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
This feast day has a great significance at St. Dunstan’s as the service guild is under her patronage. The members of the St. Agnes Guild provide many services to our congregation and the wider local community. We have put ourselves under her patronage in order to carry out the mission we have been called to. Contact a member of the Guild if you find yourself called to this mission and to explore the work done by the membership.
See you next week, until then pray for Christians throughout the world who are being martyred for their Faith in Jesus.
bro. John, O.C.P.