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Lesson #32 Dona Nobis Pacem Note: Some graphics will not appear in sample. - page 5 / 5

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History of Dona Nobis Pacem from http://www.cvc.org/christmas/donanobis.html

From the Latin word DONA, we get our English word "donate" which is what the word means: to donate, give or grant. From the Latin word PACEM, we get our English words "pacify", "pacific" "pacifier", and "pact". You see, pacem means peace. This song then has one simple phrase: GRANT US PEACE! I have heard some elders complain that the trouble with a lot of modern Christian music is that it is repetitive and redundant. If you think there is repetitiveness in MODERN music, you should see what started back in the early 16th century! You know the 16th Century? That was when the reformation started. Also in that century, were Cannons and Rounds. Dona Nobis Pacem was meant to be sung over and over again in rounds. One thing I notice, though, the words when sung to this music do bring a mood of peace. Repetitiveness is not always so bad! The words, music, and style of this song go together quite well. ___ Bill Drennon

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