DA PACEM DOMINE

by Peter-Anthony Togni

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Da Pacem Domine is part of a work I wrote in 2014 called Warrior Songs, a work about the concept of non- aggression, of a true Warrior, one who never actually goes into battle. I drew inspiration from Tibetan Buddhist texts, from Malcolm X and from the from my own Roman Catholic tradition. My motet Da Pacem Domineis based on a one of the most beautiful Gregorian Chant melodies. Even though the text is peaceful and hopeful, it still calls for surrender to God’s will. The chant sounds rather serious, even somber, but again points to the fact that peace does not mean tranquility, it is often a steady walk in the face of adversity.

Da pacem Domine

in diebus nostris:
quia non est a lius
qui pugnet pro nobis
Deus noster

Da pacem Domine.

Give peace, O Lord, in our time
Because there is no one else
Who fights for us
If not You, our God.

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