These last already appear in miniatures of the 9th century; from the II th onwards they predominated; and in the 13th century they ousted all other forms. Originally plain, the crook was from the lath century onwards often made in the form of a snake (5), which in richer staves encircled the Lamb of God or the representation of a figure.
Participation in the mass also releases from guilt, as the Lamb of God offered up atones for sin and intercedes with the Father in our behalf.
Within the eternal godhead our Savior always was the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world.
Robert Hall was once overheard saying amid the heat of an argument, " Calm me, 0 Lamb of God!