Agnus Dei


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Agnus Dei

(ăg`nəs dē`ī, än`yo͝os dā`ē) [Lat.], the Lamb of God, i.e., Jesus. The lamb of the PassoverPassover,
in Judaism, one of the most important and elaborate of religious festivals. Its celebration begins on the evening of the 14th of Nisan (first month of the religious calendar, corresponding to March–April) and lasts seven days in Israel, eight days in the Diaspora
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 sacrifice is said to prefigure the crucifixion. Isaiah calls the expected Messiah the Lamb of God, and Jesus is met by John the Baptist with the words, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world." In the MassMass,
religious service of the Roman Catholic Church, which has as its central act the performance of the sacrament of the Eucharist. It is based on the ancient Latin liturgy of the city of Rome, now used in most, but not all, Roman Catholic churches. The term Mass [Lat.
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 the Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God, is said or sung while the communion bread is being broken for distribution. It is usually the final movement of choral masses. In Anglican worship it is sung during communion. In iconography a lamb with halo and cross is called an Agnus Dei.
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Any image or representation of a lamb as emblematic of Christ, esp. such a
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Agnus Dei

lamb of god. [Christian Tradition: Brewer Dictionary, 17]
See: Christ
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In the Agnus Dei movement, the outer voices sing a lengthy pedal point an octave apart, while between them the mezzos intone the Agnus Dei.
At the center of each movement is the crucifixion of Christ: the "Domine Deus" with its reference to Christ as the "lamb of God" ("Agnus Dei") and the "Crucifixus"--"And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried." The sacrificial lamb of God is the crucified Christ.
The closing Agnus Dei prominently features the `Regina cell' chant at three different points where the voices are exposed and the tune is clearly audible.
A luscious choral blend enhanced the uplifting tonality of the Agnus Dei.
Edward explains that it shows one of the Saint Alban's street processions with a rather fine view of the Ecce Agnus Dei Adoremus banner.
As regards Bizet's Agnus Dei (the prayer "Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of world, have mercy on us..."), one may imagine a slower tempo and less dramatic delivery than that of Koiena, yet, admittedly, the distinct melody invites an operatic performance, and since we know that she is able to sing both songs and early music in a non-operatic manner, we should acknowledge this case as her willing communication of feeling and conception--as an extremely poignant, not humble, prayer.
It follows the standard rite with a Requiem aeternam, Kyrie, Graduel, Offertoire, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Post-Communion.
Requiem is almost a misnomer since the work consists of only an Introit, Kyrie and a multi-sectioned Sequence, beginning with the Dies Irae and ending with the lacrimosa; missing are the usual Offertory, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and closing Requiem sections.
The programme will include Allegri's sublime "Miserere", pieces by William Byrd, Henry Purcell, John Tavener and Hildegard of Bingen together with Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei" (a beautiful choral setting of his sublime Adagio for Strings).
Alas, the attention to detail, the cumulating power of the choruses in the "Sanctus," "Benedictus" and final "Agnus Dei" were mostly lost in St.