Agnes, Saint

Agnes, Saint,

4th cent., virgin martyr. A noble Roman girl martyred at the age of 13 after rejecting a well-born suitor. She was included in the Depositio Martyrum of 354. On her feast day lambs are blessed and pallia (see palliumpallium
, vestment proper to the pope, who confers it on archbishops in token of their union with and obedience to him. It is a band of cloth worn around the neck and has a 2-in. (5.1-cm) pendant hanging down in both front and back. There are six black crosses on the pallium.
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) are made from their wool. Feast: Jan. 21.
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Along one of the ancient roads leading out of Rome there lies the church of Agnes, saint and martyr.