This year Agnes's Name day was on 21st January 2017
Saint Agnes, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:
- Young girls
- Girl Guides
Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Agnes has the following symbols associated
- A lamb
- A dove holding a ring
- A sword
Historically Famous Agness
St Agnes (whose name sounds like the Latin agnus or 'lamb') was reputedly the daughter of a wealthy Christian Roman family during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian (284-305), when Christians were savagely persecuted. She is remembered for her determination to remain a virgin, in spite of all the entreaties and threats of Eutropius, the son of a Roman governor, who had fallen in love with her. She was humiliated and threatened with rape by Eutropius, who -legend has it – was immediately struck blind, and then miraculously cured by Agnes herself. Eventually, she was sentenced to be burnt at the stake, but the fire seemed more inclined to burn the spectators than her, so she was eventually stabbed to death in 304 or 305. She was only 13 years old. She is one of the few women saints who are mentioned in the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Mass.
'To play the Agnes' is a French expression to describe a young girl who is completely innocent of any idea of love, and Moliere includes her as a character in his play, L'ecole des Femmes. In Britain, however, St Agnes' Eve was the time when a young girl might be granted a vision of her future husband if she fasted and observed certain rituals before going to bed. Aubrey's Miscellany suggests: Upon St Agnes' night, you take a row of pins and pull out every one, one after another. Saying a paternoster. stick a pin in your sleeve, and you will dream of him or her you shall marry. Alternatively, you could fast all day and then eat an egg with salt just before going to bed, or sit up late at your mirror in the hope of catching a glimpse of his face appearing over your shoulder..