Agnus Dei

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Ag·nus De·i

 (ăg′nəs dē′ī′, än′yo͞os dā′ē, äg′no͞os′)
1. 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.

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

(ˈæɡnʊs ˈdeɪɪ)
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]
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Ag•nus De•i

(ˈæg nəs ˈdi aɪ, ˈdɛ i; ˈɑ nyʊs ˈdɛ i)
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]
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agnus dei

A Latin phrase meaning lamb of God, the opening words of a prayer to Jesus.
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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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Referring to the Latin for "Lamb of God," the newsletter says that paragraph now reads: "The Agnus Dei should not be prolonged unnecessarily nor may other texts be added to this chant."
'Passionate Voices' will feature La Sestina by Claudio Monteverdi, Missa Pange Lingua: Agnus Dei by Josquin des Pres, and Vadam et circuibo by Thomas Luis de Victoria.
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Where a pianissimo was required it provided a welcome respite to the busyness of much of this work: the Passus section of the Credo was one such magical moment, as was the first part of the Agnus Dei.