‘Lamb of God’, the opening Latin words of the invocation in the Mass, based on the proclamation of St. *John the Baptist, ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’ (Jn 1: 24). The original Latin text, first used in Rome c.700, was : Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi, This was extended around the 10 century by the addition of the words : miserere nobis dona nobis pacem, ’ have mercy upon us, grant us (thy) peace’ .
A depiction of a lamb bearing a *cross or pennant (vexillum) symbolizes *Christ as the sacrificial victim for the sins of mankind. Research Dictionary Christian Lore and Legend
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