Agnus Dei[äg′no̵os dā′ē′, ag′nəs-, än′yo̵̅o̅s′-; -dē′ī′]
- a representation of Christ as a lamb, often holding a cross or flag
- a little wax disk with a lamb pictured on it, blessed by the pope
- a prayer in the Latin Mass, beginning Agnus Dei
- music for this
Origin of Agnus DeiClassical Latin Lamb of God
- Christianity Lamb of God; Jesus. Also called Paschal Lamb.
- a. A liturgical prayer to Jesus.b. The last item of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass.c. A musical setting for either of these texts.
Origin of Agnus DeiLate Latin Agnus Deī : Latin agnus, lamb + Latin deī, genitive of deus, god.
(plural Agnus Deis or Agnus Dei)
- (Roman Catholicism) A liturgical chant recited as part of the Mass, beginning with those words, or the music to which it is set. [from 10th c.]
- (Roman Catholicism) A small model or a picture of a lamb with a cross.
- (Roman Catholicism) A bar of wax imprinted with a similar shape and blessed by the Pope. [from 16th c.]
From Latin Agnus Dei (“lamb of God”).