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- n. Agnus Dei.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An image or representation of a lamb as emblematical of Christ; an Agnus Dei (see below).
- n. [capitalized] In zoology: A genus of beetles. Burmeister, 1847. A genus of fishes. Günther, 1860.
- n. In the Gr. Ch., the cloth bearing the figure of a lamb which covers the communion service.
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The phrase agnus dei qui tolis pecata mundi is used as an incantation in which every word more or less incomprehensible has a sacred character so that if one should say that he despises qui tolis, it would be considered a blasphemy because the Qui Tolis is something sacred or divine.
Thomas's choice of the word agnus here serves several purposes.
As in the term agnus Dei, it provides another parallel to Christ as sacrifice on the Cross and in the Mass; as the lamb of the exodus, the original lamb of God, it refers to ritual slaughtering during Passover; and, on a more literal level, as a lamb, the offspring of the sheep, it is the vulnerable child in need of protection.
-- Chaste-tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a shrub that can be cut hard in winter, leaving 6 - to 10-inch woody stubs.
Most Catholic sacramentals, such as relics, agnus deis and medals, were proscribed as being "papist superstitions."
I know some Christians, who would be offended by the agnus dei in the zoobarn.
Because of the similarity of her name to the Latin for "lamb" agnus, the lamb has been St. Agnes' symbol since the 6th century.
Vitex, also known as chaste tree and agnus castus, is extremely popular in Europe, where it is used to treat PMS as well as some of the unpleasant side effects associated with menopause.
Confert et pulmo arietis, calidus agnus per dorsum divisus, exenteratus, admotus sincipiti.
Vitex or agnus castus good against love-melancholy