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Agnus Dei

[ ag-nuhs -dee-ahy, de-ee; ah-nyoos -de-ee ]
/ ˈæg nəs ˈdi aɪ, ˈdɛ i; ˈɑ nyʊs ˈdɛ i /
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noun

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.
a prayer addressed to Christ as Savior preceding the communion in the Mass.
a musical setting of this prayer.

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Origin of Agnus Dei

<Latin: lamb of God

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British Dictionary definitions for Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei
/ (ˈæɡnʊs ˈdeɪɪ) /

noun Christianity

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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