Communion Rite: the Agnus Dei

During the Breaking of the Bread, the Agnus Dei is sung or said. The assembly calls on Jesus as the Lamb of God (see John 1:29, 36) who has conquered sin and death (see 1 Peter 1:18; Revelation 5:6, 13:8). The Agnus Dei is a litanysong intended to accompany the action of breaking and may therefore be prolonged by repetition. It loses its entire purpose if a perfunctory Breaking of Bread is already completed before the Agnus Dei has even begun.

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Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

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have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.