Agatha’s feast has been celebrated on this day since ancient times. She was martyred in Catania, Sicily, most likely during the persecution of Decius in 251. While the details of her life are lost to history, the impact of her sacrifice is attested to by ancient authors.
Agatha is the Latin form of agathos, meaning “good” in Greek. Of her, Saint Methodius of Sciliy, wrote: ” She won a good name by her noble deeds, and by her name she points to the nobility of those deeds. Agatha, her name wins all people over to her company. She teaches them by her example to hasten with her to the true good, God alone”
In recent times, the tradition that Agatha’s breasts were savagely cut off by her oppressors has made her a favourite saint of those suffering from breast cancer.