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St Agnes’ Day lambs


Another contribution from Jane Lawson:

On St Agnes’ Day, 21 January, the  Pope blesses two small lambs bought to the Vatican by Trappists. One of the lambs has a headress of white flowers, symbolising Agnes’ purity, and the other has a headress of red flowers, symbolic of the martyrdom.  ‘From their wool is made the pallium, a sort of yoke worn by archbishops.’

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