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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.
The Garden of Faith at Marydell in Upper Nyack, February 2017
Feb. 22 -- On Wednesday evening, Feb. 15, a Mass for the Brokenhearted was celebrated at St Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack. This event was offered through the efforts of the cluster bereavement support team.
The mass was open to all those suffering heartache in their lives, whether from loss of a loved one, loss of relationship, joblessness, disease, mental illness, addiction, loneliness, etc. The celebrant was Fr. Robert McKeon, pastor of St Francis.
In the first reading from Isaiah 41:8-10, 13-14, we hear the Lord has chosen us and will not cast us off … He tells us not to be dismayed. He will strengthen us and heal us. ‘For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” We are reminded God grabs us by our right hand and will not let go.
The second reading was from the Gospel of Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus gave us the Beatitudes, speaking of the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are hungry, the persecuted.
The beautiful music liturgy included The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor, You are Mine, and On Eagles' Wings.
We each have our own story -- the Lord reminds us how near He is to us, He consoles us and will never abandon us. God knows our pain and anguish. In our suffering we become united to the sufferings of Christ. We come to Mass to unite our burdens with the sacrifice on the altar and to become what we receive. We become the body of Christ and strive to be the Body of Christ for others. Jesus feeds us with his body and our souls are healed. At Mass we come to say our Amen.
We closed with a final reflection on the difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is natural (internal) -- we can do something about happiness in our lives. The life events that cause heartbreak often are not under our control, unbidden. Joy is supernatural (external) -- we have no control over joy. In times of great sadness and difficulty, it is helpful to pray for joy -- a supernatural gift that comes from God.
by Nancy Conroy
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