Saint Agatha

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Saint Agatha of Catania

 

on the Piazza del Duomo

 

Baroque facade

 

the Cathedral

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honoring Saint Agatha

Agatha, Saint, according to tradition, a noble Sicilian virgin of great beauty and wealth, who rejected the love of a Roman consul and as a result suffered cruel martyrdom. The antiquity of her cult is evidenced by her inclusion in early martyrologies and in the canon of the Roman Catholic Mass. In art, she is frequently depicted with her severed breasts on a plate. Whether Agatha ever lived and, if so, whether she died in the persecution of Christians conducted during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius (249-251) or that of Diocletian, 50 years later, is unknown. She is the patron saint of Malta and of Catania, Italy. Legend relates that several times the mere carrying of her veil (taken from her tomb in Catania) in procession averted eruptions of nearby Mount Etna, and that her intercession saved Malta from Turkish conquest in 1551. Saint Agatha's feast day is February 5.

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chapel

 

ceiling ornamentation

 

altar

 

Agatha chapel

 

shrine carried in procession on Saint Agatha Day

 

its base

 

the sgrine

 

ceiling painting of Saint Agatha

 

a scene from the life of the saint


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