Friday, January 21, 2011

The Little Lambs of St. Agnes

A little late in the day, but it is still the feast of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. Toady a special ritual is held in Rome where two lambs are brought in to the Vatican to be blessed by the Pope. The wool from these lambs will be used to make the pallia for the new archbishops. The presentation of the pallium to each archbishop takes place on June 29th, the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul.

Here are some great photos via John Sonnen, whose blog Orbis Catholicus Secundus provides the best shots of Catholic Rome.

The white rose lamb represents St. Agnes, Virgin.  The lamb with the red roses, St. Agnes, Martyr.

Now, how cute is that?

For more on the story of the little lambs, St. Agnes and the pallium, take a look at this article from CNA entitled "Pope Blesses Special Lambs on Feast of St. Agnes."

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