Feb 5: Memorial of Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr

Just a thought: it struck me this morning, on this memorial of the early Christian martyr Agatha, that her official titles may be enriched by an additional category. For Agatha, I am adding the title “one of the seven women saints mentioned in the Roman Canon,” so as to deepen my appreciation of this third-century Sicilian martyr. Who says that the ancient inclusion of St. Agatha (together with six other women) in the Roman Canon — the heart of our eucharistic praying — isn’t as venerable as being counted among the “Doctors of the Church.”

3 comments

  1. Unless the presider is using the shortened version (skip everything between the brackets), which eliminates the names of all seven — and also, by the way, the names of most of the laity mentioned in the Canon, too.

  2. “the Roman Canon — the heart of our eucharistic praying”

    Would that it were so. But I’m glad there has been –in my experience–slightly less non-use of the Roman Canon in recent years. Some priests seem to make a point of using the Roman Canon on the feasts of the saints mentioned therein. Definitly agree on the idea that the saints named in the Canon have a most venerable title.

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