Feastday St. Agathe: February the 5th
When did St. Agathe live: Third century
Biography of St. Agathe:
St. Agathe was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich Christian family and that she resisted any men who wanted to marry her. One of these men, the consul Quintian, imprisoned her in a whorehouse in order to get her to change her mind, but Agathe never wavered and continued to profess her faith in Jesus. St. Agathe was imprisoned and tortured, she was hanged head-down and had her breasts cut off. She survived all the tortures but died from destitution in prison.
Statues and sculptures of St. Agathe - portrayal, imagery and emblem: The sculptures represent St. Agathe carrying her breasts on a plate and a palm symbolizing the martyrdom.
Patronage St. Agathe: Protector against the outbreak of fire and against the breast diseases, patroness of bellmakers and nurses