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An emblem of Our Lord, the victim offered as a sacrifice for our sins. In the Jewish sacrifices a lamb prefigured the coming Messias. Saint John the Baptist pointing out the Saviour to the multitude, said: “Behold the Lamb of God.” One of the few Christian symbols dating from the first century is that of the Good Shepherd carrying a lamb on His shoulders with two others by His side, and on a sarcophagus of the 4th century, Christ in a series of Gospel scenes is represented as a lamb. The lamb is sometimes portrayed standing bearing a cross or banner, or lying as if slain, on a book closed with seven seals, as described by Saint John in the Apocalypse. It is also a general symbol of modesty and innocence.

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  • “lamb“. Emblems of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2016. Web. 24 October 2021. <>