About the Church of Saint Agnes in Agony:
Often described as a hidden gem in Rome, it is actually right in plain sight in the middle of Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s most popular tourist destinations. Yet many people are not aware of it, which is a shame since it is one of the most beautiful churches in the city.
Dedicated, obviously, to Saint Agnes, it is located on the place of her martyrdom. Her skull is here under the altar, while the rest of her relics are in the Basilica of Saint Agnes Outside the Walls here in Rome.
Her feast day is celebrated on January 21.
On her feast day, it is customary for two lambs to be brought in to be blessed by the pope. Then, on Holy Thursday, the lambs’ wool is removed and woven into the pallium the pope gives to a newly consecrated archbishop as a sign of his power and union with the pope.
The church is open daily, there is Mass Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
On Holy Days Masses are at 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
If possible, try to attend the sung mass of The Choir of Sant’Agnese in Piazza Navona, directed by maestro Paolo Teodori.
Finding the Church of Saint Agnes in Agony in Rome:
As mentioned, the Church of Saint Agnes is Agony faces Piazza Navona, one of the most visited piazzas in Rome.
Address: Piazza Navona, Via S. Maria dell’Anima 30/A, 00186 Roma
Tel: +39 06 68 19 21 34
email: [email protected]
Click here for the official website of the Church of Saint Agnes in Agony (in Italian…..tab for English is at top of page)