Missa Brevis pro Pace

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Written between autumn and December 2012, Missa Brevis pro Pace is a work for SATB chorus divisi a capella.

Missa Brevis pro Pace is a VocalEssence 2013 Essentially Choral award winner.

I. Kyrie

Kyrie eleison;
Lord, have mercy;
Christe eleison;
Christ, have mercy;
Kyrie eleison.
Lord, have mercy.

II. Sanctus

Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus,
Holy, holy, holy,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth;
Lord God of Hosts;
pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Hosanna in the highest.

III. Benedictus

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Hosanna in the highest.

IV. Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis.
have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis.
have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, dona nobis pacem.
grant us peace.

In our world, peace seems to be an elusive state. Each day we seem to make increasing strides toward it, yet each day it seems to escape further from our reach. There is a sense of greater awareness and action, as more and more people realize that violence, anger, and hate only beget more violence, anger, and hate, yet there is also a sense of increasing urgency, as each day we hear of another mugging, another rape, another murder, another bomb, another terrorist attack, another genocide, another war.

The text for this Short Mass for Peace is taken from the Latin liturgy. The work is meant to invoke that sense of urgency, and to beg for help, to find forgiveness for the hell which we inflict upon our neighbors, and to learn to make peace with them.

Kyrie eleison. Miserere nobis. Lord, have mercy. Have mercy on us. Dona nobis pacem! Grant us peace! Amen.