Wednesday, March 24, 2010

St. Agatha Martyred Under Decius

Painting from a Rome sacristy.

"At Catania in Sicily, the birthday [day of death February 5] of St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr, who in the time of the Emperor Decius, under the judge Quinctian, after buffets and imprisonment, racking, the twisting of her limbs, the cutting off of her breasts, and torture by being rolled upon sherds and burning coals, at last died in prison while in prayer to God."

-Roman Martyrology

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