Saint of the day:
St. Agnes of Bohemia
Patron Saint of the Czech Republic
St. Agnes of Bohemia
Saint Agnes of Bohemia’s Story
Agnes had no children of her own but was certainly life-giving for all who knew her.
Agnes was the daughter of Queen Constance and King Ottokar I of Bohemia. She was betrothed to the Duke of Silesia, who died three years later. As she grew up, she decided she wanted to enter the religious life.
After declining marriages to King Henry VII of Germany and King Henry III of England, Agnes was faced with a proposal from Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor. She appealed to Pope Gregory IX for help. The pope was persuasive; Frederick magnanimously said that he could not be offended if Agnes preferred the King of Heaven to him.
After Agnes built a hospital for the poor and a residence for the friars, she financed the construction of a Poor Clare monastery in Prague. In 1236, she and seven other noblewomen entered this monastery. Saint Clare sent five sisters from San Damiano to join them, and wrote Agnes four letters advising her on the beauty of her vocation and her duties as abbess.
Agnes became known for prayer, obedience and mortification. Papal pressure forced her to accept her election as abbess, nevertheless, the title she preferred was “senior sister.” Her position did not prevent her from cooking for the other sisters and mending the clothes of lepers. The sisters found her kind but very strict regarding the observance of poverty; she declined her royal brother’s offer to set up an endowment for the monastery.
Devotion to Agnes arose soon after her death on March 6, 1282. She was canonized in 1989.
Legacy of Saint Agnes of Bohemia
Czechs are one of the less religious nation in Europe but Saint Agnes is a very important person for them.
Saint Agnes is a symbol of strong will because she was able to break her fate.
Saint Agnes is a symbol of uncorrupted power and influence used for good of her people.
No matter Agnes lived 800 years ago, she is still inspiration for many people.
Agnes was a beautiful princess and she was a miraculous person who was able to make the dark medieval world a better a place.
Saint Agnes-Symbol of Czech Velvet Revolution in 1989
Although she was venerated soon after her death, Agnes was not beatified or canonized for over 700 years.
Agnes was one of the symbols of the Velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia (November 1989) were the communist regime has been peacefully overthrown.
Lets imagine that Czechoslovakia was surrounded by iron curtain when Pope John Paul II formally canonized Blessed Agnes. It was nearly impossible for Czechoslovaks to get over the iron wall however the communist allowed 10,000 people to visit the Vatican to celebrate the canonization of Agnes. It was a small miracle for many people.
Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia
St Agnes of Bohemia sandstone statue is one of the most venerated religious figures in the country’s history
- at the vineyards village Pavlov near Mikolov and at the road from Pavlov to village Klentnice.
The Third Letter of St. Clare to St. Agnes of Prague
Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance!
And transform your whole being
into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation!
So that you too may feel what His friends feel as they taste the hidden sweetness
Which God Himself has reserved from the beginning
for those who love Him