Saint Brigid Religious Education
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West Hartford, CT 06110
Feast day: February 5
we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the
sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in
Sicily and died there a martyr.
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
agree to marry him. 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 when faced with torture and possible death,
but she simply affirmed her belief in God by praying.
tells us that Quintian imprisoned her 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, but Agatha had never wavered,
proclaiming that her freedom came from Jesus. Quintian sent her to
prison intending to make her more afraid, but 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. When she was tortured again, she died after
saying a final prayer.
she was asked for help during the eruption of Mount Etna she is
considered a protector against the outbreak of fire. She is also
considered the patroness of bell makers.