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The original of this print of St Agnes what done in colored pencil. Its soft and simple style echos the fact that she was just a girl when she gave her life for Christ. The lamb symbolizes Christ and innocence. The name "Agnes" means "lamb." The crown of flowers tell us she was martyred in the bloom of her youth. The palm branch is for martyrdom, and the white robe purity.
Saint John's vision in the Book of Revelation tells us that the martyrs have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.
Agnes made a promise, a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was very great and she hated sin even more than death! Since she was very beautiful, many young men wished to marry Agnes, but she would always say, "Jesus Christ is my only Spouse."
Procop, the Governor's son, became very angry when she refused him. He had tried to win her for his wife with rich gifts and promises, but the beautiful young girl kept saying, "I am already promised to the Lord of the Universe. He is more splendid than the sun and the stars, and He has said He will never leave me!" In great anger, Procop accused her of being a Christian and brought her to his father, the Governor. The Governor promised Agnes wonderful gifts if she would only deny God, but Agnes refused. He tried to change her mind by putting her in chains, but her lovely face shone with joy. Next he sent her to a place of sin, but an Angel protected her.
At last, she was condemned to death. Even the pagans cried to see such a young and beautiful girl going to death. Yet, Agnes was as happy as a bride on her wedding day. She did not pay attention to those who begged her to save herself. "I would offend my Spouse," she said, "if I were to try to please you. He chose me first and He shall have me!" Then she prayed and bowed her head for the death-stroke of the sword. The year was 304 AD and Agnes was only thirteen. (from Catholic Online website)
Saint Agnes is the patron saint of the Children of Mary, and her feast day is January 21.
***IMPORTANT*** Each of the 3 sizes indicates outside dimensions. There is a border of white left around the image, approximately 1 1/2" to 2" all around.
Signed by artist.
Comes in a close-fitting crystal-clear plastic sleeve with a whiteboard backing.
Archival Quality: All our prints are made using premium acid-free fine art paper in card thickness, and high quality Epson pigments (instead of dyes), rated by a third party to last 200+ years when not hung in direct sunlight. These prints are beautiful today and are time capsules of the faith for future generations.
The original is also available.
Copyright: Images by Sue Kouma Johnson are property of the artist, and may not be reproduced without express permission of the artist.