Dona nobis pacem (canon)

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Music for "Dona nobis pacem"

"Dona nobis pacem" (Ecclesiastical Latin: [ˈdona ˈnɔbis ˈpatʃɛm]) is a song with Latin text, often sung as a canon or round[1][2] (where each section starts a new voice).

The words, which mean "Grant us peace", come from a portion of the Agnus Dei from the Roman Catholic Latin Mass. It is the invocation to the Lamb of God to have mercy and grant peace to the worshipers. It is said to have been introduced into the Mass by Pope Sergius I in 687,[2] and is the last phrase of the Latin form:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

The origin of the melody is unknown (most hymnals list it as "traditional").[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dona Nobis Pacem, The United Methodist Hymnal Number 376". HymnSite.Com. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Dona Nobis Pacem". The Hymns and Carols of Christmas. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ Nair, Garyth (1999). Summit Chorale. Madison, NJ.