Saturday, December 20, 2008

Lost Catholic culture: the Agnus Dei wax...


Many traditions of the Roman church have been lost, but there are still a handful of cloistered Cistercian sisters in Rome keeping this one alive. If you visit the parish of Santa Susanna (the English-speaking parish in Rome), you can ring the bell of the second sacristy and the sister will let you into the room which is a little gift shop. There you can receive, with a little donation, the wonderful Agnus Dei wax along with this informative brochure (with an Imprimatur from 1960).

4 comments:

Raphaela said...

Tell more about this, please? What is the wax used for?

Anonymous said...

This tradition has not bee seen in years. The last wax blessed by a pope was Paulus VI in the 70s.

Nick said...

I think the late 60s saw the end of them. I have one that is not in a pouch but rather a pressed in a seal. It says "PAULUS VI PONT MAX A II" so it was in his second year as Pope.

RoamingCatholic said...

Does anyone know, has Pope Benedict XVI started blessing these again? There are some on eBay from these Cistercian Nuns and it says they are blessed by him. I wouldn't be surprised if he did bring back this traditional sacramental.