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Agnus Dei   Listen
noun
Agnus Dei  n.  (R. C. Ch.)
(a)
A figure of a lamb bearing a cross or flag.
(b)
A cake of wax stamped with such a figure. It is made from the remains of the paschal candles and blessed by the Pope.
(c)
A triple prayer in the sacrifice of the Mass, beginning with the words "Agnus Dei."






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"Agnus Dei" Quotes from Famous Books



... Puritan psalms of his boyhood; dying strains from sad, forgotten operas, fragments of oratorios and symphonies, but chiefly phases from old masses heard at the missions of San Pedro and Santa Isabel, swelled up from his loving and masterful fingers. He had finished an Agnus Dei; the formal room was pulsating with divine aspiration; the rascal's hands were resting listlessly on the keys, his brown lashes lifted, in an effort of memory, ...
— A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories • Bret Harte

... the holy tyme of Lente, enioyned his penytente to saye dayly for his penaunce this prayer: Agnus Dei miserere mei, whiche was as moche to saye in englysshe as the Lambe of God haue mercye vpon me. This penytente acceptynge his penaunce departed, and that tyme twelfe monthe after came agayne to be confessed of the same confessoure, whiche demaunded of him whether he had fulfylled his penaunce ...
— Shakespeare Jest-Books; - Reprints of the Early and Very Rare Jest-Books Supposed - to Have Been Used by Shakespeare • Unknown



Words linked to "Agnus Dei" :   allegory, emblem, prayer, Paschal Lamb



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