A beautiful original design from Modern Folk Embroidery
From Modern Folk Embroidery: “The central point of this sampler is the Agnus Dei, the Lamb of God. It was taken from the Gospel of John, where the Lamb represents Jesus. The Latin text is from this gospel and reads:
ECCE AGNUS DEI
ECCE QUI TOLLIS PECCATA MUNDI MISERERE NOBIS
Which translates as Behold the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Have mercy upon us.
The lamb is holding a cross with banners, and bleeds into the Holy Chalice. Underneath the lamb are what I believe to be three stylised flames, which symbolise the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.
Surrounding the Lamb is a floral border containing four diamonds containing the Christogram IHS. They are based on the first three letters of “Jesus” in Greek – IHSOVS. Flanking the border pattern are two sets of seven circles (possibly abstracted crowns of thorns). These contain symbols of the Passion of Christ. Clockwise from the top right corner the are:
• Ladder, Pliers & Hammer
• A wounded foot
• A wounded hand
• Lamb of God
• IOHN (Monogram for John the Baptist)
• ARA (in Latin Ara stands for Altar)
• IHS (Christogram for Jesus)”
Stitch Count: 217h x 357w