Agnus Dei is a Christian symbol representing the Lamb of God. It is one of the earliest symbols of Christ deriving from Saint John the Baptist’s exclamation on beholding Christ, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world ” (John 1, 29).
The symbol depicts a lamb with a halo standing on the ground, holding by the right forefoot a banner flying on a wooden cross. It represents the risen Christ triumphant over death. A similar image showing the lamb with a gash in its side, symbolizes the passion of Christ.
In some instances the lamb may be seated.
A reclining Agnus Dei seated on a book with seven seals, represents the final judgment when Christ returns in glory.
Agnus Dei was adopted as a Masonic symbol by the Knights Templar and is found on several of their seals.
The Agnus Dei is also a badge of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. The Paschal Lamb with a halo above its head, supports over one shoulder a flag bearing the device of St. George, a red cross upon a white field.