Feast Day: February 5
So Fierce are the powers attributed to Saint Agatha, it is said that even pagans and Jews flocked to pay homage to her soon after her death. Martyred in AD 251, Saint Agatha is credited with keeping the fires of Mount Etna from erupting and engulfing her home city of Catania in Italy. Millions of people still parade in her honor on her feast day. God’s reaction to her martyrdom was great and instantaneous: as she was being tortured a major earthquake erupted. Her crypt bears the inscription: “Do not offend Agatha’s nation, because she will avenge all offenses.”
Saint Agatha’s Novena Prayer
O Saint Agatha, who withstood the unwelcome advances from unwanted suitors, and suffered pain and torture for your devotion to Our Lord, we celebrate your faith, dignity, and martyrdom.
Protect us against rape and other violations, Guard us against breast cancer and other afflictions of women, and inspire us to over come adversity.
O Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr, mercifully grant that we who venerate your sacrifice may receive your intercession. Amen
(Mention your request)
Say this novena nine times in a row for nine days in a row.
Saint Agatha is invoked against: Breast Disease, Volcanic Eruptions
She is the patron saint of Bell Founders
Edited excerpt from “Novena: The Power of Prayer”
by Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua