Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Saint Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob (1790-1839)

 

Saint Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob

 

    Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob was born in Seoul of pagan parents. After her father died when she was still young, she lived in extreme poverty. A court lady by the name of An Hyong-gwang helped Agatha and lived with her. A few years later Agatha's brother tried to get her married, but the court lady would not let her go. Agatha was also listed as a court lady. She became a Catholic under the influence of Pak Lucy, another one of the court ladies. After Lucy left the court to practice the life of faith more freely, Agatha also pretended to be sick and left the court because she thought the luxurious life of the court might hinder her spiritual life. Since then, Agatha had lived with Lucy, dedicating herself to prayer, devotional reading and virtue. People admired her, and she converted many of them to Catholicism. She did not complain even in extreme poverty and poor health. She was just waiting to be arrested.
    When she was arrested, she was more severely tortured because she was a court lady. The police chief interrogated her.
    "How can you, as a court lady, believe a heresy?"
    "My religion is not a heresy, because I believe in God as the Creator of angels, men and all things."
    Since the police chief could not make Agatha deny her religion, he sent her to the higher court where she was interrogated again.
    "It is a greater crime for a court lady to believe a heresy. Deny your God and reveal where your Catholic people and the Catholic books are hidden."
    "I can't do that even if I have to die ten thousand times."
    She was beaten so severely that her flesh was torn apart, her bones were broken and her blood fell profusely to the ground, but she would not surrender. Even non-Catholics admired her courage.
    Agatha's brother was a pagan and a high ranking government official. He was afraid to lose the king's favor and tried hard to make Agatha give up her religion. But she would not succumb even to her brother's wishes. Her brother then tried to kill her. He sent a poisoned egg cake to his sister in prison. Being suspicious, Agatha pierced the cake with a hairpin. The hairpin's color changed as soon as it touched the cake, so she did not eat it. Then her brother bribed the highest ranking executioner to beat Agatha to death. But the executioner did not kill her. Agatha's niece, her brother's daughter, said that it was really miraculous that her aunt's wounds were completely healed in a day. Agatha heard that her brother requested that she should stay in prison permanently. She prayed that she might be beheaded for her faith. Her wish was fulfilled.
    Agatha was beheaded, as she wanted, outside the Small West Gate on September 26, 1839, with eight other Catholics. She was 53 years old at the time.

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No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 319399
74 유소사 체칠리아 Caecilia Yu So-sa 43816
» 전경협 아가타 Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob 43299
72 김효주 아녜스 Agnes Kim Hyo-ju 43098
71 황석두 루카 Lucas Hwang Sok-tu 42674
70 이간난 아가타 Agatha Yi Kan-nan 42495
69 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 42063
68 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 41801
67 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 41745
66 정하상 바오로 Paulus Chong Ha-sang 41456
65 손자선 토마스 Thomas Son Cha-son 41433
64 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 41422
63 정정혜 엘리사벳 Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye 41407
62 허계임 막달레나 Magdalena Ho Kye-im 41399
61 이정희 바르바라 Barbara Yi Chong-hui 41397
60 원귀임 마리아 Maria Won Kwi-im 41374



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