A Reader Has a Question about Devotion to the Agnus Dei

A Reader Has a Question about Devotion to the Agnus Dei November 2, 2013

He writes:

There’s nothing wrong with devotion to Christ under the title and image of The Lamb of God, is there?

I ask because, though the Agnus Dei has proven a popular subject in both Catholic art and literature, there seem to be virtually no devotions connected to it. The closest I can find are the old wax Agnus Dei sacramentals–long since discontinued–and a relatively new religious order.

Am I missing something? Why is there so little in the way of devotions to the Agnus Dei?

In case you’re as clueless about this as I am, would you mind sending my question along to your blog followers? Maybe one of them can help me. :/

Beats me why there aren’t much in the way of such devotions, but I don’t see why you couldn’t start one. Any reader know anything about this?

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  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    The history of the Church is full of such new devotions: The widespread one to the Sacred Heart is only a few centuries old, for instance. Actually a devotion to Jesus as the Lamb of God, so as the Sacrifice, and with the inevitable and proper deepening of the many ideas connected – for instance, to what an extent does the Lamb of God identify with the lost lambs He has come to save? – strikes me as an inspired idea and well worth pursuing.

  • If there are no such devotions, and its obviously a title accorded to Our Lord, might as well start one. 🙂 Look on the bright side. If it be of God, it will catch on. If it isn’t, it will be forgotten about.

  • Headstand

    I’ve always thought of the Divine Mercy Chaplet as a form of devotion to the Agnus Dei. The opening prayer begins:

    You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

    (Repeat three times)
    O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

  • Mark R

    There is an icon from Dormition Skete called the Lamb of God. It is like any icon of Christ the teacher, but I think the open Gospel book Christ is holding has the text referring to him under this title. I cannot remember if it is in Greek or English.