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Agnus Dei (ăg´nəs dē´ī, än´yŏŏs dā´ē) [Lat.], the Lamb of God, i.e., Jesus. The lamb of the Passover sacrifice is said to prefigure the crucifixion. Isaiah calls the expected Messiah the Lamb of God, and Jesus is met by John the Baptist with the words, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world." In the Mass the Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God, is said or sung while the communion bread is being broken for distribution. It is usually the final movement of choral masses. In Anglican worship it is sung during communion. In iconography a lamb with halo and cross is called an Agnus Dei.

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Agnus Dei Latin phrase meaning ‘Lamb of God’, in the Christian Church a name for Christ, recorded from late Middle English; Agnus Dei is used both for an invocation beginning with the words ‘Lamb of God’ forming a set part of the Mass, and a figure of a lamb bearing a cross or flag, as an emblem of Christ.

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Agnus Dei (Lat., ‘Lamb of God’). The hymn derived from John 1. 29 sung or said during or after the breaking of the bread at communion in W. churches.

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Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). Part of Ordinary of the Mass. Many settings by various composers.

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