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Tricksters overturn convention and are notorious for pursuing their insatiable appetites and shameless lusts, even at the price of disaster. Yet even as the trickster introduces disorder and confusion into the divine plan, he paves the way for a new, more dynamic order. To the Fon of Benin, Legba is such a trickster. He is a troublemaker who disrupts harmony and sows turmoil. However, Legba is not viewed as evil but rather as a revered transformer. Like other such trickster figures, Legba presides over DIVINATION.

In the liturgy of ROMAN CATHOLICISM the Agnus Dei is employed in the following text: “Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us! Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us! ” It comes between the LORD’S PRAYER and the EUCHARIST and unites the sacrifice of the liturgy to the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross as the Lamb of God, calling to mind the sacrifice of the lamb in the cultus of the OLD TESTAMENT. The churches of the ANGLICAN COMMUNION and of LUTHERANISM have both retained the Agnus Dei in their eucharistic rites.

After a period of skepticism, he had a religious conversion and began to study the books of Daniel and REVELATION TO JOHN and to preach as a BAPTIST. He concluded that Christ would come, in conjunction with a fiery conflagration, sometime between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844, and was encouraged in his views by a number of clergymen and numerous followers. When Christ did not return on the first appointed date, Miller and his followers set a second date, Oct. 22, 1844. The quiet passing of this day led to what is called the “Great Disappointment” among Adventists and the convening of a Mutual Conference of Adventists in 1845.

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