St. Agnes of Rome in Cavite
One will see the image of the martyr, St. Agnes of Rome, as a hardwood relief located on the first level, third frame from the left of the Gospel altar in Silang, Cavite.
The polychrome image features a young lady with flowing hair holding a lamb on top of a
book. She is dressed in light green belted tunic with white trimmings and indigo cape. Her head is covered with a short blue veil shining with a saintly halo of twelve rays.
On her right hand is a palm branch symbolizing triumph over death (Dilasser 41). Considered as a Christian heroine, she is one of the most highly honored virgin martyrs of Rome in time of persecution (Kirsch). The congregation, especially the younger ones
are taught that age does not matter in professing one’s faith.
Veneration to St. Agnes started even in the 4th century. Her feast is today, 21 January.
This is part of the series deciphering the iconographies of Silang Parish Retablo in Cavite.
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Press,1999.Kirsch, Johann Peter. “St. Agnes of Rome.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New
Kirsch, Johann Peter. “St. Agnes of Rome.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New
York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907.