St. Agnes was twelve years old when she was martyred by beheading for the crime of being a Christian. St. Agnes is remarkable for her faith and steadfastness, especially at such a young age, and that is why she has been held up to us as an example since the early days of the Church. The word Agnes means “lamb” in Latin, so St. Agnes is usually pictured holding a lamb.
On the feast of Saint Agnes two lambs are traditionally brought from the Trappist abbey of Tre Fontane in Rome in order to be blessed by the Pope. In summer the lambs are shorn, and the wool is used to weave the pallia which the pope gives on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul to the newly appointed metropolitan archbishops. This tradition of the blessing of the lambs has been known since the 16th century. (In honor of this practice, a wool-felted lamb craft is included in the CAY Winter Ordinary Time Subscription Box!)
And one very odd folk belief, that I can’t bring myself not to mention, is that, apparently, there was a time when young ladies who wished to know who their future husbands would be, would go to bed on the eve of the feast day, without supper and in the altogether, and would then be sure to dream of him. Just FYI.
Kolbe Academy & Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts present:
THE LITERATURE AND THOUGHT OF C.S. LEWIS
taught by Dr. Anthony Esolen
Join Dr. Anthony Esolen, a professor at Magdalen College, in a semester literature study of some of CS Lewis’ most interesting works! Dr. Esolen will lecture students on assigned reading and lead them in discussion throughout the semester.
For students wanting to take the course for Kolbe high school literature credit, 3 papers, weekly reading quizzes, and an exam on each book will be provided and graded by Dr. Esolen’s Kolbe teaching assistant. Students who attend Magdalen College in the future may be eligible to receive college credit for this course.
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