The second Thursday of the month is rolling around again so its time to prepare something for the Providence Homeschoolers.

First run through the words:

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.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace.

Short reflection on the prayer from Women for Faith and Family.
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Vocabulary

Easy this time

Agnus = lamb
Deus = God
Dei = of God
qui = who
tollis = takes away
peccata = sins
mundus = the world
mundi = of the world
miserere = have mercy
nos = us
nobis = on us/to us
donum = gift
dona = grant
pacem = peace
pax = peace

Sing a few

Film clips

Gregorian Chant
This is from Milan where the choir director Giovanni Vianini keeps making videos. He also has the website Canto Ambrosiano.

This is the same tune we’ll be running through, but the words are slightly different. This clip is from a Requiem Mass where the words “miserere nobis” are replaced by “dona eis requiem” and “dona nobis pacem” by “dona eis requiem sempiternam”.

Renaissance Polyphony

From the oldest known surviving polyphonic Mass, the Tournai Mass from Belgium, dating from 1349. It is dedicated to Our Lady.

Classical over-the-top orchestration
Franz Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis

Actually this is Baroque. Scored for 53 voices!

Usually Agnus Dei is a toned down piece.

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