Agatha, a virgin martyred at Catana in Sicily under Decius, Feb. 5, 251,
according to her Acta; but under Diocletian according to the Martyrol. and
Aldhelm (de Virgin. 22); mentioned by Pope Damasus A.D.
366 (Carm. v.), and by Venantius Fortunatus c. 580; inserted in the
Canon of the Mass by Gregory the Great according to Aldhelm (u.s., and see
also S. Greg. M. Dial. iii. 30); and commemorated in a homily by Methodius,
c. 900. Her name is in the Carthag. Calendar of c. 450; in Ruinart,
p. 695; and in the black-letter calendar in our Prayer-book. Churches at Rome were
dedicated to her by pope Symmachus c. 500; by Ricimer A.D.
460, enriched with her relics by Gregory the Great; and by Gregory II. in 726. She
is the patroness of Malta (Butler's Lives of Saints). See also the homily
against Peril of Idolatry, p. iii.