Agnus Dei


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Ag·nus De·i

 (ăg′nəs dē′ī′, än′yo͞os dā′ē, äg′no͞os′)
n.
1. Christianity Lamb of God; Jesus. Also called Paschal Lamb.
2.
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.

[Late Latin Agnus Deī : Latin agnus, lamb + Latin deī, genitive of deus, god.]

Agnus Dei

(ˈæɡnʊs ˈdeɪɪ)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the figure of a lamb bearing a cross or banner, emblematic of Christ
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) 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
3. (Roman Catholic Church) a wax medallion stamped with a lamb as emblem of Christ and blessed by the pope
[Latin: Lamb of God]

Ag•nus De•i

(ˈæg nəs ˈdi aɪ, ˈdɛ i; ˈɑ nyʊs ˈdɛ i)
n.
1. a figure of a lamb as emblematic of Christ.
2. a prayer addressed to Christ preceding the communion in the Mass.
[< Latin: lamb of God]

agnus dei

A Latin phrase meaning lamb of God, the opening words of a prayer to Jesus.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agnus dei - figure of a lambAgnus Dei - figure of a lamb; emblematic of Christ
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
2.Agnus Dei - a liturgical prayer beginning with these Latin words
prayer - a fixed text used in praying
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While the Gloria and Credo are outgoing, they are balanced by the lyrical and beautiful Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei.
The previous version of the document stated that "when the Agnus Dei is sung repeatedly as a litany, Christological invocations with other texts may be used.
The concert, next Saturday will include Allegri's uplifting Miserere Mei, Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei (Adagio), John Tavener's Song For Athene and Spirit Of Tallis - an arrangement by the choir's founder and artistic director Christopher Monks.
A small choir sang the entrance antiphon in Latin, along with a chanted Kryie and Agnus Dei.
Along the way there was a honeyed Kyrie, a Dies Irae suffused with a marvellous cacophony of hand-clapping and foot stamping, exquisite guitar playing through the Confutatis, and delicious vocal harmonies in both a non-requiem Alabanza and the more traditional Agnus Dei.
Still other studies explore fairly obscure religious objects; in this category falls Jaqueline Marie Musacchio's fascinating study of Agnus Dei pendants.
She also wrote a liturgical contemplation on the Agnus Dei.
The newly composed sections were the "Symbolum Nicenum" or Credo and the final section with the Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, and Dona nobis pacem.
Since the 7th Century, Catholics have traditionally got to their knees after the Agnus Dei, the point during Mass when the priest holds up the chalice and consecrated bread and says, "Behold the lamb of God.
Instead, the religious background focused on the architecture and use of churches (especially the location and function of paintings), the structure and content of the Mass (especially the taking of communion), ordinary liturgical texts such as the Magnificat, the Gloria, the Sanctus, the Agnus Dei, seasonal liturgical texts such as the Stabat Mater or 0 Sacrum Convivium, and elements of folk tradition preserved in Christmas carols such as Adam lay y bounden, or The Coventry Carol.
The blood of the lambs that marked the Jewish homes for the Angel of Death to Passover is the origin of Christian Agnus Dei, the Lamb of God.