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January 21

Saint Agnes

The feast of St Agnes has been celebrated on this day since the 4th century. Little is known about Agnes. She was probably born in the early years of the 4th century, and was martyred at the age of 12 during a Roman persecution. She has been, over the centuries, a symbol of virginal innocence. She is the most highly honoured of the early Roman virgin martyrs and has been pictured with a lamb as a symbol of this innocence since the Middle Ages.

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