[ag-nuh s dee-ahy, de-ee; ah-nyoo s de-ee]
- a figure of a lamb as emblematic of Christ.
- such a representation with the nimbus inscribed with the cross about its head, and supporting the banner of the cross.
- a prayer addressed to Christ as Savior preceding the communion in the Mass.
- a musical setting of this prayer.
Origin of Agnus Dei
< Latin: lamb of God
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- the figure of a lamb bearing a cross or banner, emblematic of Christ
- 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
- a wax medallion stamped with a lamb as emblem of Christ and blessed by the pope
Word Origin for Agnus Dei
Latin: Lamb of God
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Latin, literally "lamb of God."
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