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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.
July 18 -- Nearly 300 worshippers came to St. Paul’s Church on Wednesday, July 13, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima Novena with mass, prayer, a rosary procession, and a picnic.
The Novena is prayed at St. Paul's every Wednesday evening. Ten years ago this devotion was established here by then pastor Fr. Arthur Mastrolia. Significantly, the anniversary this year fell on July 13th. It was on the 13th of six consecutive months – from May to October -- that Our Lady appeared to the children at Fatima 100 years ago.
At the beginning of the ceremony each person entering the church received a rose to place before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The image of Mary, robed in white and holding a blue rosary, with a beautiful arrangement of carnations, daisies, and jonquils at her feet, stood on the platform on which it would be carried in the procession. By the time mass began, vases placed at the base of the statue were filled with tributes of red, white, magenta, pink, and yellow roses.
The mass was celebrated by pastor Vladimir Chripko. Concelebrants were Fr. George Torok, Fr. Roman Palecko, Fr. Arogya Raju, Fr. Tom Kunnel, pastor of St. John the Baptist in Piermont, Fr. Arthur Mastrolia, now pastor of St. Anthony’s in Yonkers, and Fr. Jacob Thomas who was visiting from India. They were assisted by Deacon Dominic Buonocore.
Fr. George, the homilist, spoke of Our Lady’s Fatima plea for sacrifices and prayers to save souls. He said the “best kept secret of Fatima” was that "the smallest sacrifice offered to Jesus can save an immortal soul." And we don’t even have to go looking for these sacrifices, he said. Opportunities are inherent in almost everything we do. Fr. George also gave the congregation a simple prayer to bring a soul to Heaven – the name of Jesus. “Jesus, I love you. Save this person.”
After the final blessing of the mass, the congregation formed a rosary procession outside the church. (See video.) It was led by two young girls dressed in white bearing red candles before a large image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Marian devotion of Mexico that has spread throughout the Americas and the world. Next came the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, carried on a platform by four men. It was followed by a replica of the statue of the Black Nazarene, a representation of Christ carrying His cross, which has been venerated by Catholic Filipinos for over 400 years.
The procession traveled west on Lake Road, turned right onto Friend St., and came around through the church parking lot, returning to the church. There the ceremony ended with Novena prayers led by Virginia Panzo. She also made the concluding remarks, thanking the many, many people who helped make the day possible.
After mass, there was a picnic in the parking lot with hot dogs and hamburgers, roast pig, rice and other hot food, ice cream, and watermelon. There was Philippine folk dancing for entertainment, a raffle, and, as the long summer twilight finally came to an end, line-dancing for everyone.
See the photo album below for more photos of this event or click here. Click on a photo to enlarge it and then scroll through the slide show.
Photos and video by Marie Olivier.