Lambs of God

The traditional blessing of lambs took place today, the Feast of St. Agnes:

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  1. I love rituals but this one had me falling off my chair laughing, especially at the beginning. The commentator says that the pallium is a symbol of an archbishop’s authority and unity with the pope. Another explanation of its origin, which I prefer (but who asked me?), is the connection with the Parable of the Good Shepherd carrying the lost lamb on his shoulders, which is depicted in the early Church wall paintings in the catacombs and also statues.

  2. Sean Gallagher says:

    That ritual may very well have a direct connection this year to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. We’re currently without an archbishop. And if we get one before June 29, he’ll go over to Rome to receive his pallium. Same goes for Baltimore and Denver. Abp. Chaput will go over for sure. By the way, a pallium goes with the office, not the person. So just because Abp. Chaput had a pallium as abp. of Denver, he’ll get a new one as abp. of Philadelphia.

  3. I like the idea of this ritual but find it wierd the way the lambs are being carried… I’d prefer to see some young, brawny, shepherds carry them in on their shoulders…

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