Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) Symbol
In Christian symbolism, the lamb represents Jesus, "the Lamb of God" (Agnus Dei).
Standing with a banner, the lamb represents the risen Christ triumphant over death. Standing with a cross and a gash in its side, it symbolizes the passion of Christ.
Seated on a throne or a book, the lamb represents the judgment of Christ.
Because the lamb is humble, gentle, and innocent, lambs are often engraved on the tombstones of children.
Related Bible Verses
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" (Rev 5:11-12)
Agnus Dei on the Seven Seals
Lamb of God in center medallion of cross with the Four Evangelists in a 9th century carving.
- Color illustration at top left by Walter E. Gast.
- Patricia S. Klein, Worship without Words: The Signs and Symbols of Our Faith (2000).
- Carolle E. Whittenmore, ed., Symbols of the Church.
- W.E. Post, Saints, Signs, and Symbols.
- George Wells Ferguson, Signs & Symbols in Christian Art.
- Frederick Rest, Our Christian Symbols.