Agatha of Palermo

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Holy [[Martyr]] Agatha ([[feastday]]: [[February 5]]) came from a city on the island of Sicily which was called Panormos. She shined with bodily beauty (which was not damaged by the ravages of time) and spiritual fairness, but was also full of riches and material goods. She lived during the reign of emperor Decius in 251. Because she was a Christian, she was handed over to governor Cutianus. First she was delivered to another unfaithful woman, called Aphrodisia, in order to be moved from [[Christ]]'s holy faith by her exhortations. But the [[saint]] kept on piety firmly and wished to suffer martyrdom rather than deny Christ. So, they beat her heavily and cut her breast which was restored to health by [[Apostle Peter]] who appeared to her in prison. Then they dragged her on bricks and burnt her badly with fire. Next, they put her in prison and, while she was there, she commended her soul to the hands of God.
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[[Image:Agata-martyr.jpg|300px|right|Agatha of Sicily]]
 
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The holy [[Martyr]] '''Agatha''' ([[feastday]]: [[February 5]]) came from the city of Panormos (today called Palermo) on the island of Sicily. She shined with bodily beauty (which was not damaged by the ravages of time) and spiritual fairness, but was also full of riches and material goods. She lived during the reign of the Emperor Decius in 251. Because she was a Christian, she was handed over to the governor, Cutianus. First she was delivered to another unfaithful woman, called Aphrodisia, in order to be turned away from [[Christ]]'s holy faith by her exhortations. But the [[saint]] firmly kept her piety, desiring to suffer martyrdom rather than deny Christ. So they beat her heavily and cut off her breasts, but she was restored to health by the [[Apostle Peter]], who appeared to her in prison. In later Western art, Agatha is often depicted holding up her breasts on a platter. Then they dragged her on bricks and burnt her badly. Next, they put her in prison and, while she was there, she commended her soul to the hands of God.
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]] (Tone 4)
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:Your lamb Agatha, calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice:
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:"I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure endure suffering.
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:In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, and I died so that I might live with You.
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:Accept me as a pure sacrifice, for I have offered offered myself in love."
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:Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4)
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:May the Church be robed today in a garment of glorious porphyry,
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:Dyed by the pure blood of the martyr Agatha,
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:And let us cry out: "Rejoice, pride of Catania!"
 
==Source==
 
==Source==
 
''Lives of the Saints for the Whole Year'' by St. [[Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain]] (18th century) [http://calendar.goarch.org/February/Feb_5.html]
 
''Lives of the Saints for the Whole Year'' by St. [[Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain]] (18th century) [http://calendar.goarch.org/February/Feb_5.html]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Agatha_of_Sicily Agatha of Sicily - Wikipedia]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Agatha_of_Sicily Agatha of Sicily - Wikipedia]
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01203c.htm CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA St. Agatha]
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* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01203c.htm CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Agatha]
 
* [http://www.catholic-forum.com/Saints/sainta04.htm Catholic page about St. Agatha]
 
* [http://www.catholic-forum.com/Saints/sainta04.htm Catholic page about St. Agatha]
 
* [http://www.nndb.com/people/881/000096593/ St. Agatha - NNDB]
 
* [http://www.nndb.com/people/881/000096593/ St. Agatha - NNDB]
* [http://saints.oca.org/IconDirectory/LG/february/0205agatha.jpg Orthodox icon of St. Agatha (OCA)]
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* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100431 Orthodox icon and hagiography of St. Agatha (OCA)]
* [http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Agatha_of_Sicily category:Agatha of Sicily - Wikimedia Commons]
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* [http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Agatha_of_Sicily Category:Agatha of Sicily - Wikimedia Commons]
  
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Latest revision as of 09:41, October 22, 2012

Agatha of Sicily

The holy Martyr Agatha (feastday: February 5) came from the city of Panormos (today called Palermo) on the island of Sicily. She shined with bodily beauty (which was not damaged by the ravages of time) and spiritual fairness, but was also full of riches and material goods. She lived during the reign of the Emperor Decius in 251. Because she was a Christian, she was handed over to the governor, Cutianus. First she was delivered to another unfaithful woman, called Aphrodisia, in order to be turned away from Christ's holy faith by her exhortations. But the saint firmly kept her piety, desiring to suffer martyrdom rather than deny Christ. So they beat her heavily and cut off her breasts, but she was restored to health by the Apostle Peter, who appeared to her in prison. In later Western art, Agatha is often depicted holding up her breasts on a platter. Then they dragged her on bricks and burnt her badly. Next, they put her in prison and, while she was there, she commended her soul to the hands of God.

Hymns

Troparion (Tone 4)

Your lamb Agatha, calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice:
"I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure endure suffering.
In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, and I died so that I might live with You.
Accept me as a pure sacrifice, for I have offered offered myself in love."
Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (Tone 4)

May the Church be robed today in a garment of glorious porphyry,
Dyed by the pure blood of the martyr Agatha,
And let us cry out: "Rejoice, pride of Catania!"

Source

Lives of the Saints for the Whole Year by St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain (18th century) [1]

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