29 June 2009

A sign of union...

It was a great event today. Each of thirty-four metropolitan archbishops received the pallium from the hands of the Successor of St. Peter, as an outward sign of union with the Holy See, and the authority which accompanies the archepiscopal office.

The pallium is a narrow band of wool, worn over the chasuble, and decorated with six black crosses. It woven from the wool of lambs which are specially blessed on the Feast of St. Agnes at the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Walls in Rome. On one of our parish pilgrimages several of us were able to attend the beautiful High Mass at which the blessing of the lambs took place.