Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Saint Agatha

Saint Agatha
Memorial
5 February

Patron Saint against eruptions of Mount Etna
Patron Saint against fire
Patron Saint against natural disasters
Patron Saint against volcanic eruptions
Patron Saint of Ali, Sicily, Italy
Patron Saint of bell-founders
Patron Saint of breast cancer
Patron Saint of breast disease
Patron Saint of Catania, Sicily, Italy
Patron Saint of earthquakes
Patron Saint of fire prevention
Patron Saint of jewelers
Patron Saint of martyrs
Patron Saint of nurses
Patron Saint of Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Patron Saint of rape victims
Patron Saint of single laywomen
Patron Saint of sterility
Patron Saint of torture victims
Patron Saint of wet-nurses
Patron Saint of Zamarramala, Spain

Prayer to Saint Agatha

Dear Virgin and Martyr, whom the Church recalls in her liturgy, you heroically resisted the temptations of a degenerate ruler. Subjected to long and horrible tortures, you remained faithful to your heavenly Spouse. Saint Peter, we are told, gave you some solace and so you are invoked by nurses. Encourage them to see Christ in the sick and to render true service to them. Amen.

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