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St. Agatha

St. Agatha lived and died around 230-255.

St. Agatha is represented by breasts on a dish; a knife; embers; loaves of bread on a dish; shears; pincers; tongs; veil; as a virgin martyr wearing a veil and having her severed breasts on a silver platter. St. Agatha’s name was included in the canon of the Mass. She was beautiful, rich, and young while living a life consecrated to God. As Deciuspassed edicts against Christians, a perverted Senator Quintianus mad improper advances toward Agatha. His proposals were spurned and nothing could undo St. Agatha’s firm resolve. Quintianus had her tortured and killed.

St. Agatha was the daughter of a distinguished family, very beautiful, but her trust and faith in Christ made her beautiful beyond human understanding; a faithful virgin prepared to meet her God. She was beaten, tortured and imprisoned. St. Agatha demonstrated faithfulness in suffering and told her torturer and judge who had her breasts cut off, "e;Cruel man, have you forgotten your mother and the breast that nourished you, that you dare to mutilate me this way?"e;

She was martyred in Sicily around 250 by being thrown on coals and suffering a burning death. Her intercession has adverted many a natural disaster.

St. Agatha is the patron saint of wet nurses and nannies, torture victims, victims of volcanic eruptions, natural disasters, nurses, rape victims, single women, martyrs, jewelers, fire and advocates of fire prevention, victims of earthquakes and natural disasters, breast cancer and disease, bell foundry work, infertility and sterility, Catania, Sicily,  and Zamarramala, Spain.

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