Monday, July 6, 2009


When presented to archbishops, the pallium signifies their participation in the pastoral power of the pope within their church province.

The pallium is a circular, white, woolen stole approximately two inches wide, worn about the neck, breast, and shoulders.

The pallium has two pendants, one hanging down in front and one behind...each are about two inches wide and twelve inches long...and are weighted with small pieces of lead covered with black silk.

At least part of the wool of the pallium is supplied by two lambs presented annually as a tax by the Lateran Canons Regular to the Chapter of St. John on the feast of St. Agnes.

There are six small black crosses on the pallium...the crosses on the breast, back, and left shoulder each have a loop which secures a gold pin set with a precious stone.

The pallium is worn over the chasuble.

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