Behold, the Lamb of God


John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
- John 1:29



Tomorrow's Gospel reading includes an occasion when John the Baptist called Jesus the "Lamb of God."  This Bible verse has led to a special prayer at mass.  Following the Consecration and the Sign of Peace, while the Eucharistic Bread is being broken and the Precious Blood is being poured into chalices, the "Lamb of God" is prayed, sometimes in Latin.  The prayer is a plea for mercy ... some beat their breasts during this prayer as a symbol of humility.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: Grant us peace. 

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: Misere nobis.
    Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: Misere nobis.
    Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: Dona nobis pacem.


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