Agatha of Palermo -Poem by Sofia Kioroglou

wealthy and beautiful
unwavering, unyielding,tortured,humiliated
bleeding, gushing, spurting
warm, holy


Troparion (Tone 4)

Your lamb Agatha, calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice:
"I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure suffering.
In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, and I died so that I might live with You.
Accept me as a pure sacrifice, for I have offered offered myself in love."
Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.
Kontakion (Tone 4)

May the Church be robed today in a garment of glorious porphyry,
Dyed by the pure blood of the martyr Agatha,
And let us cry out: "Rejoice, pride of Catania!"
 Commemorated on February 5

The Holy Virgin Martyr Agatha was the fifteen-year-old daughter of rich and respected Christian parents from the city of Palermo (formerly Panormos) in Sicily. During the persecution under the emperor Decius (249-251), the city prefect of Catania, Quintianus, having heard about Agatha’s wealth and beauty, sent his soldiers after her to bring her to trial as a Christian.

At Catania they housed the saint with a certain rich woman, who had five daughters. They all attempted to tempt St Agatha with fine clothes, amusements and entertainment, urging her to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods, but the saint disdained all these things. The more they tried to move her, the more resolute she became. She prayed that she might soon face martyrdom.

During her interrogation under Quintianus, the holy martyr was swayed neither by the flattery, nor by the threats, and she was subjected to cruel torments. They also tried to remove her breasts with metal tongs, and when this failed, they used knives.

The holy Apostle Peter appeared to her in prison and healed her wounds. St Agatha was led to torture again, and Quintianus was astonished to see her completely healed, with no trace of cutting. Then the torture began once more.

At this moment an earthquake took place in the city, and many buildings were destroyed. Among those killed were two of Quintianus’s advisors. The terrified inhabitants rushed to Quintianus, demanding an end to Agatha’s tortures. Fearing a revolt by the people, Quintianus sent St Agatha back to prison. There the martyr, offering thanks to God, peacefully surrendered her soul to the Lord.

15 responses to “Agatha of Palermo -Poem by Sofia Kioroglou”

  1. Ας έχουμε τις πρεσβείες της- ειδικά οι γυναίκες που νοσούν από παθήσεις του μαστού…

    καλό βράδυ, Σοφία μου, και σε ευχαριστούμε!

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    1. τι μεγάλη Αγία…Συγκλονίστηκα από τον βίο της. Σε ευχαριστώ Αλεξία μου. Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο και φιλάκια στα παιδάκια σου

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      1. νέα κοπέλα κι όμως άντεξε τόσα πολλά, γιατί είχε Πίστη και αγάπη για τον Θεό… συγκλονιστικός βίος…

        Σε ευχαριστώ πολύ, Σοφία μου. να έχεις ένα όμορφο Σ/Κ!

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  2. hooklineandinkwell Avatar

    Another story I have never heard. Beautiful, Sofia.

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    1. May St Agatha protect you always!God bless you Thomas

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      1. hooklineandinkwell Avatar

        Aww, thank you, Sofia. May He continue to bless you, as well.

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  3. Υπέροχη ανάρτηση Σοφία, έχω το όνομα της Αγίας Αγαθής της προστάτιδας Σικελίας και Μάλτας , εύχομαι να καταφέρω να επισκεφθώ το Παλέρμο όπου γίνονται τριήμερες εκδηλώσεις κάθε χρόνο και να δω και τις κατακόμβες σε Μάλτα. Να είσαι καλά Σοφία και να έχουμε την βοήθειά της.

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    1. Μεγάλη Αγία. Σου εύχομαι ολόψυχα χρόνια πολλά και να χεις πάντα τις πρεσβείες της. προσπάθησα χθες να σου στείλω μυνημα στο μπλόγκ αλλά δεν τα κατάφερα.Φιλάκια πολλά

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  4. A brilliantly composed, spare, set of words, encompassing this young life and death

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    1. Oh, thank you so much Derrick. I am so glad you like it. I just felt the need to write about St Agatha whose life is a paragon of fortitude and endurance. Have a beautiful day and God bless you

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick!Be well!

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