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Garlic Lamb Loin Chops- Easter, Holy Thursday, & St. Agnes

Updated: Apr 10

St. Agnes, whose name means lamb, is celebrated every year in Rome through a beautiful tradition that many have never even heard of. The Pope observes a time-honored tradition of blessing two lambs on the feast of St. Agnes. It is customary for the lambs to both be under one year old and carried in to see the Pope in baskets. One lamb wears a white crown which symbolizes the purity of St. Agnes and the other lamb wears a red crown to symbolize her martyrdom. The wool from those lambs is then used to create a pallium for each new Archbishop.

I find this tradition to be so impactful given that we don't know much about this small child saint, yet her littleness has brought about a century old tradition that clothes the great Archbishops of our Church. Consider this, the meaning of her namesake and the example that she gave of her purity brings forth a yearly custom of blessing little lambs and calls us back to seek innocent and pure love with Christ.

This feast day can be honored in many ways in your home through prayer, sweet lamb crafts, books, etc. The way we like to welcome St. Agnes into our domestic church is through a meaningful dinner, garlic lamb chops, and prayer. Remembering her over a family dinner and asking her intercession reminds us to imitate her love for Christ through purity and self-sacrifice.

I invite you to make dinner alongside me by using this recipe! Its fragrant ingredients will naturally call everyone to the kitchen.

To learn more about why you should make lamb for Holy Thursday, read this.

And of course you know the connection between lamb and Easter, but if you'd like to know more read this.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 15 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

The Ensemble

  • 1 package of fresh rosemary, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • kosher salt

  • black pepper

  • 1 1/2 tbsps olive oil

  • 4 lamb loin chop

Begin by taking out your rosemary sprigs and while firmly holding the base of the stem, gently pull down against the leaf. Once you have removed as much of the herb from the stem, chop it up!

Peel and mince 5 cloves of garlic.

Sprinkle with kosher salt and black pepper.

Mix those four simple ingredients together and gently press your lamb loin chop into the mixture.

Flip and repeat!

After you have repeated that step for each piece, set aside and heat 1 1/2 tbsps olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.