Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Feast of St. Agnes, Requiems for Louis XVI, IBP in Rome

A quick round-up of a few current news stories that are generally related to items pertaining to the customs, liturgical or ceremonial life of the Church. (Actually, when it warrants it, this type of thing may become a more regular feature of the NLM, we shall see.)

Feast of St. Agnes

Today is the Feast of St. Agnes, virgin and martyr, and it is a tradition that upon this day the Pope blesses two lambs, the wool of which will be used for the creation of new palliums which will be bestowed upon the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul on June 29th.

(Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of St. Agnes in 2008)

Requiems for the Louis XVI, King of France

In parts of Catholic France today, requiem Masses and concerts are numerous as today is the anniversary of the death of Louis XVI, who was executed by guillotine on this day in 1793.

(Royal Portrait of King Louis XVI)

The Institute of the Good Shepherd in Rome

It was reported to the NLM yesterday that minor orders will be conferred upon two IBP seminarians in the church of San Salvatore in Lauro in Rome on February 28th at 10:00am. These will reportedly be conferred by His Excellency, Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. I should note, however, that as of yet this information has not appeared on the IBP's own official avenues of communication, so confirmation is needed.

(The Sanctuary of San Salvatore in Lauro)

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