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I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Seriously, Is This Cute, Or What?





Yesterday, these little lambs were presented to Pope Benedict XVI for the Feast of St. Agnes ("Agnes" means "lamb", as in "Agnus Dei").

Two little lambs are given to the Holy Father every year on this feast.  One wears a crown of white flowers to symbolize purity, and the other wears a wreath of red flowers to signify St. Agnes' martyrdom.

And, in case you are wondering, they DON'T become the Pope's Easter dinner.  They are shorn of their wool, which is then spun and woven by the Sisters of St. Cecelia into palliums, the stole traditionally presented to archbishops by the Holy Father.

I assume that they then are free to gambol about in a sunny, wildflower-filled meadow for the rest of their days!

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for reassuring me that these little sweeties aren't going for Easter dinner. Adorable! Your cranberry banana bread sounds wonderful and so tempting. I just have to keep my eye on the scale.

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  2. Paula, couldn't respond to your e-mail because you are a "no-reply blogger." Maybe you are on Google+ or you may have your e-mail disabled in your profile? Anyway, I was born in Las Vegas, about 107 miles south of Raton. I have as SIL who is from Raton- last name of Blaine. Her dad worked for the railroad and her brother had an insurance co. there. How long ago did your parents live there?
    Cutie pie little lambs....

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about the email...I'll have to try to figure that out (not very techie)!

      My parents have both passed away - my mom was born in 1911 and my dad in 1910!

      I'm glad you liked the lambs!

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    2. By the way, I fixed the email issue - thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  3. I think these are two of the most adorable photos i have ever seen! Found you through Vicki's blog party- what a delight!
    Cheers
    Christina

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  4. Hi Paula,

    This is too cute! Thank you for sharing these lovely photos with us. I'm still making my way through visiting everyone from Vicki's Grow Your Blog party. I hope you will stop by to say hello.

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  5. Yes, they are adorable!
    I enjoy what you share about your church celebrations.

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  6. Thats a warm your heart picture.....so cute!

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