February 5 – Saint Agatha of Sicily: Patron Saint against Fires, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, Disasters and Natural Disasters

Saint Agatha of Sicily, Patron Saint against Natural Disasters (Feast Date: February 5)

Extract from St. Agatha: “In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important family. When she was young, she dedicated her life to God and resisted any men who wanted to marry her or have sex with her. One of these men, Quintian, was of a high enough rank that he felt he could force her to acquiesce. Knowing she was a Christian in a time of persecution, he had her arrested and brought before the judge – – himself. He expected her to give in to when faced with torture and possible death, but she simply affirmed her belief in God by praying: “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am. I am your sheep: make me worthy to overcome the devil.” Legend tells us that Quintian imprisoned her in a brothel in order to get her to change her mind. Quintian brought her back before him after she had suffered a month of assault and humiliation in the brothel, but Agatha had never wavered, proclaiming that her freedom came from Jesus. Quintian sent her to prison, instead of back to the brothel — a move intended to make her more afraid, but which probably was a great relief to her. When she continued to profess her faith in Jesus, Quintian had her tortured. He refused her any medical care but God gave her all the care she needed in the form of a vision of St. Peter.” See Saint Agatha of Sicily Gallery:See also: February 5 – Saint Agatha of Sicily: Patron Saint against Fires, Volcanic Eruptions, Disasters and Natural Disasters, Santa Agueda (SP), SANT’AGATA (IT), LE V FÉVRIER. SAINTE AGATHE, VIERGE ET MARTYRE (FR), Św. Agata, Dziewica i Męczennica (PO). VIDEOS: Feb 05 – Homily: St Agatha, virgin, St. Agatha.

Saint Agatha of Sicily, Patron Saint against Volcanic Eruptions (Feast Date: February 5)

Extract fromLife of St. Agatha: “Honored since ancient times, Saint Agatha’s name is included in the canon of the Mass. St. Agatha’s family lived in Sicily and were very rich and important. Young, beautiful and rich, she lived a life dedicated to God. St. Agatha refused marriage proposals from all the men who asked. Quintian the magistrate believed himself to be of high enough rank to be worthy of her affection, but she refused him also. When Decius announced the edicts against Christians, Quintian tried to profit by Agatha’s sanctity; he planned to blackmail her into sex in exchange for not charging her for being a Christian. She still refused him. He then turned Saint Agatha over to a brothel, but she refused to accept customers. After rejecting Quintian’s advances, she was beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and St. Agatha’s breasts were crushed and cut off. She told the judge, “Cruel man, have you forgotten your mother and the breast that nourished you, that you dare to mutilate me this way?” God gave her the relief she needed in the form of a vision of Saint Peter who then healed her wounds. Imprisoned further, then rolled on live coals, she was near death when an earthquake struck. In the destruction, the magistrate’s friend was crushed, which frightened the magistrate and he fled. Brave, Saint Agatha thanked God for an end to her pain, and died.” Profile . See PICTURE of Saint Agatha (Marypages).  also: Saint Agatha (EN ), , Santa Agueda (SP), SANT’AGATA VERGINE E MARTIRE (IT), 5 février. Sainte Agathe, vierge et martyre. 251 (FR),  Święta Agata – patronka “Amazonek” (PO). PRAYERS to Saint Agatha.

Saint Agatha of Sicily, Patron Saint against Disasters (Feast Date: February 5)

Extract from: Saint Agatha: “When Agatha was arrested, the legend says, she prayed: ‘Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am—you alone. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil.’ And in prison: ‘Lord, my creator, you have protected me since I was in the cradle. You have taken me from the love of the world and given me patience to suffer. Now receive my spirit.’”

Saint Agatha, Patron Saint against Natural Disasters (Feast Date: Februaary 5)

Extract from St. Agatha Virgin and Martyr:  “She was of a rich and illustrious family, and having been consecrated to God from her tender years, triumphed over many assaults upon her chastity. Quintianus, a man of consular dignity, bent on gratifying both his lust and avarice, imagined he should easily compass his wicked designs on Agatha’s person and estate by means of the emperor’s edict against the Christians. He therefore caused her to be apprehended and brought before him at Catana. Seeing herself in the hands of the persecutors, she made this prayer: “Jesus Christ, Lord of all things, you see my heart, you know my desire-possess alone all that I am. I am your sheep, make me worthy to overcome the devil.” Quintianus, being informed of her constancy after thirty days, ordered her to be brought before him. The virgin, in her first interrogatory, told him that to be a servant of Jesus Christ was the most illustrious nobility and true liberty. The judge, offended at her resolute answers, commanded her to be buffeted and led to prison. She entered it with great joy, recommending her future conflict to God. The next day she was arraigned a second time at the tribunal, and answered with equal constancy that Jesus Christ was her life and her salvation.  The governor, enraged to see her suffer all this with cheerfulness, commanded her breast to be tortured, and afterwards to be cut off. At which she made him this reproach: “Cruel tyrant, do you not blush to torture this part of my body, you that sucked the breasts of a woman yourself?”  See also: St. Agatha’s Crypt, Catacombs and Museum,   See pictures of St. Agatha and Prayers to St. Agatha.

Saint Agatha of Sicily, Patron Saint against Disasters (Feast Date: February 5)

Extract from Saint Agatha of Sicily : “We have little reliable information about this martyr, who has been honoured since ancient times, and whose name is included in the canon of the Mass. Young, beautiful and rich, Agatha lived a life consecrated to God. When Decius announced the edicts against Christians, the magistrate Quinctianus tried to profit by Agatha’s sanctity; he planned to blackmail her into sex in exchange for not charging her. . . .” .See pictures of Saint Agatha of Sicily.

Saint Agatha, Patron Saint against Fire (Feast Date: February 5)

Extract from Saint Agatha: “Agatha was born in Sicily and died there as a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important family. When she was young, she dedicated her life to God and resisted any men who wanted to marry her or have sex with her. One of these men, Quintian, was of a high enough rank that he felt he could force her to acquiesce. Knowing she was a Christian in a time of persecution, he had her arrested and brought before the judge himself. He expected her to give in to when faced with torture and possible death, but she simply affirmed her belief in God by praying: “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart, and you know my desires. Possess all that I am. I am your sheep: make me worthy to overcome the devil.”

PICTURES

Saint Agathe

Richard Stracke, emeritus professor, August State University – Christian Iconography: Saint Agatha Virgen and Martyr – Died 251

SAINTS SQPN: Saint Agatha of Sicily Gallery

Multilingual Articles

Wikipedia: Agatha of Sicily

English Articles

American Catholic: Saint Agatha:

Catholic Online: Saint Agatha:

EWTN: ST AGATHA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

Adena.com Saint Agatha the Pure Virgin (Children)

Catholic Information Network: St. Agatha Virgin and Martyr

St. Agatha’s Crypt, Catacombs and Museum: St. Agatha’s Crypt, Catacombs and Museum

SAINTSSQPN: Saint Agatha of Sicily

Spanish Articles

Catholic.net: Águeda o Ágata, Santa

Italian Articles

Santi e Beati: Sant’ Agata Vergine e martire

French Articles

missel.free.fr: Sainte Agathe

Polish Articles

Czytelnia: Święta Agata, dziewica i męczennica

PICTURES

VIDEOS

breski1: Saint Agatha Feb 5

Interview with Caporfercolo ALfio Rao: Festa di Sant’Agata, Catania, Sicily

PRAYERS

Saintssqpn: PRAYER to Saint Agatha.

2Hearts Network: Prayers to St. Agatha.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Agatha on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flooding in Pakistan (September, 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 12-September 25, 2011.

Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia (September, 2010) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 13-September 26, 2010.

Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala (May, 2010) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions June 7 – June 20, 2010.

Earthquake in Haiti (January 12, 2010) (America) SeeWorld Mission Rosary Intentions: February 1-February 14, 2010.

Wildfires in California, USA (August 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 17 – September 13, 2009.

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