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What is the history of the Agnus Dei?


Question: What is the history of the Agnus Dei?

Answer: The Agnus Dei was introduced in the Mass by Pope Sergius (687-701), which may have been a defiant act against the Byzantine empire (Constantinople), who ruled that Christ shall not be depicted as an animal, in this case a lamb. The Agnus Dei, like the Credo, was one of the last things to be added to the Mass Ordinary.

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