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Agnus Dei

[ag-nuh s dee-ahy, de-ee; ah-nyoo s de-ee] /ˈæg nəs ˈdi aɪ, ˈdɛ i; ˈɑ nyʊs ˈdɛ i/
noun
1.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. a figure of a lamb as emblematic of Christ.
  2. such a representation with the nimbus inscribed with the cross about its head, and supporting the banner of the cross.
2.
a prayer addressed to Christ as Savior preceding the communion in the Mass.
3.
a musical setting of this prayer.
Origin of Agnus Dei
< Latin: lamb of God
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Agnus Dei

/ˈæɡnʊs ˈdeɪɪ/
noun (Christianity)
1.
the figure of a lamb bearing a cross or banner, emblematic of Christ
2.
a chant beginning with these words or a translation of them, forming part of the Roman Catholic Mass or sung as an anthem in the Anglican liturgy
3.
a wax medallion stamped with a lamb as emblem of Christ and blessed by the pope
Word Origin
Latin: Lamb of God
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Word Origin and History for Agnus Dei

Latin, literally "lamb of God."

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