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St. Agnes, one of the earliest Roman martyrs, was put to death at a very young age (12 or 13) around 305 AD.
She is usually portrayed holding a lamb, which signifies her innocence. Also, her name sounds like the Latin word for lamb, "agnus." The palm branch in her hand is a symbol of her victory as a virgin martyr, remaining faithful to Christ unto death.
Each year on St. Agnes' feast day, Jan. 21, the Pope blesses two lambs. Their shorn wool is used to make the white woolen stole called a pallium, which is worn by archbishops.
Here's a video of Pope Benedict XVI blessing two adorable little lambs, who wear flower wreaths in honor of St. Agnes. Listen carefully and you'll hear one greet the Pope with a bleat the moment he steps into the room.
Dec. 18 -- A snowstorm the day before the Christmas Pageant closed the school and cancelled the costume distribution and rehearsal scheduled for that morning. But in the best "the show must go on" tradition, director Janet Fenton, her staff, stage crew, children's choir, and wonderful cast of narrators, angels, shepherds, Holy Family, and Kings managed to nail down all the details the next day in a dress rehearsal between the 8:45 mass and 11:30 mass performance.
For more photos of the cast getting ready, please click here. Then click on a photo to enlarge it, and scroll through the slide show.
Dec. 18 -- More than any holiday, Christmas is a time for stories. That's not too surprising, for the memory of what happened on that Holy Night lives in our hearts as a story we've been passing on for more than 2,000 years now.
The children of St. Paul and St. Ann's retold that story again as a Christmas pageant -- the coming of the Angel Gabriel to Mary with the news that she was to be the Mother of God, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of the Child Jesus in the stable, the coming of angels and shepherds, and the Three Kings.
And like the generations before us, we listened in wonder to the re-enactment in songs and story of how Love was born on that night so long ago with the coming of the Child whom prophets called Emmanuel, "God With Us."
The pageant was directed by Janet Fenton and performed at the 11:30 Children's Mass at St. Ann's Church.
More photos, click here. Click on a photo to enlarge it, and then scroll through the slide show.
Dec. 18 -- Saint Nicholas, himself (the fourth century Bishop of Myra, that is) made a visit to the Children's Mass at St. Ann's Church. Some said the saint looked remarkably like Deacon Luke Conroy, but the children were delighted and swarmed about him at the reception in the school cafeteria following the mass.
More photos here. Click on a photo to enlarge it, and then scroll through the slide show.
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