Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) Pieces
An Agnus Dei is a round or oval wax disk impressed with a lamb on one side and figures of saints or the pope on the other side.
They were created by melting the wax of the previous year’s Easter candles from the churches in Rome. Chrism oil was then added to the cauldron of melting wax. The pope blessed the disks that were then given to people to be used as sacramentals.
Although the origin is not certain, it is thought this practice began around the 5th century.
The Collection has nine different Agnus Dei sacramentals from all different pontificates, which we are featuring here: