The Second Feast of St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr

st-agnes-the-roman-virgin-martyrAccording to some, St. Agnes appeared to her parents eight days after her martyrdom.   The ancient sacramentaries show clearly that this day celebrates the actual earthly birthday of St. Agnes; the nativity of John the Baptist and of the Blessed Virgin are thus celebrated because they were free from original sin; the earthly birth of St. Agnes is celebrated because her whole life abounded in divine grace.
(Source: Fr. Lasance, The New Roman Missal)

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