Angelus Pacis

Traditional Latin Texts adapted from the Angelus Prayer, Ave Maria and Dona Nobis Pacem.

For SSAATTBB a capella Vocal Ensemble.

The ancient practice of reciting the Angelus Prayer was traditionally accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus Bell: a call to spread goodwill to everyone on earth. Angelus Pacis honors the shared sacredness and the shared need for peace in all creation. The first portion of the traditional Angelus prayer, which celebrates the Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel to Mary of the Divine Incarnation, is delivered here in a quiet chant by the tenors and basses. Layered above this chant, the sopranos and altos are featured singing the customary Ave Maria portion of the Angelus prayer. Following this section, the choir unites in a vocalise expressing wonder at incarnation in all its forms. The last portion of the Angelus prayer, which refers to the Crucifixion, has been replaced here with text borrowed from both the Ave Maria and Agnus Dei prayers: “Ora pro nobis, dona nobis pacem/Pray for us, grant us peace”. Angelus Pacis ends with an urgent supplication for peace.

This is a synthesized audio file. Stay tuned for a live performance recording, coming soon!


Angelus Pacis

Minimum 8, no photocopying please.


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