January 21st is the feast day of St Agnes, the patron saint of virgins.
A single statue, that of St Agnes, crowns the beautiful Baroque facade of the 17th century church of Sant' Agnese in Agone.
A lamb is the main attribute of St Agnese and each year, on this date, two lambs are blessed in the ancient church of Sant' Agnese fuori le Mura. The lambs will provide the wool for the pallium, a kind of stole, which the Pope presents in person (on the Feast of St Peter and Paul) to newly appointed Metropolitan Bishops.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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