Dona Nobis Pacem – Cantus

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    Anne Linn
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    I wanted to share this beautiful song that I stumbled across only a few minutes ago 🙂

    The lyrics are Dona Nobis Pacem – Grant us peace.

    The composer of the song is Frode Fjellheim. Sung by Cantus.

    I thought it was so lovely, kind of like a mantra. A prayer. The video is beautiful, filled with snow that slowly melts, the sun finally shining. It feels like spring and hope, to me.

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    Laura
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    This is really beautiful Anne Linn! The video adds a lot to the music. I love how the women are wearing traditional costumes (Norwegian?), and I love that symbolism of the sun coming out and the snow melting, and the last image of the sun above the lake and between the mountains. And how the women are serenely and joyfully gazing up at the sky/the sun the whole time, even in winter, like faithfully waiting for the spiritual being to grant peace.

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    Lucia
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    Very nice tribute to the spring! Thank you for sharing Anne, beautiful vocals too.

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    Karim
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    What a lovely and thematic video showing that gentle introduction of spring from winter! Their clothing also looks very nice and traditional, and the song itself is soothing. Very nice and fresh find Anne Linn thanks!

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    Anne Linn
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    I felt uplifted after listing to this song, when before I was feeling a bit down. Perhaps I got some of that spring feeling, of the sun finally defeating the cold and darkness.

    Yes, those dresses are the Norwegian national costume called bunad. Most women have one in their closet (I do), and some men as well (not dresses, but something different ). Usually, you get one before your Confirmation. We wear them to weddings and the Constitution Day and such. And each region or even town has their own version of it, so they can look pretty different.

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    Laura
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    Anne Linn, it’s nice you still wear your national costumes to events in Norway. We have very similar looking national costumes in Finland, in the same way too different regions and cities have their own version. But I think they are rarely worn nowadays. I know my grandma had one that she may have worn to her choir concerts or other events like that.

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    Karim
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    In the evening of the day when I listened to this song, when going to bed and feeling physically a bit heavy, I decided to ‘listen’ to this song in my head as a sort of prayer. It was very lovely to do, and like I mentioned very soothing in a special way, and my night after was quite magical.

    Looking into the ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’, it seems to come from a Latin chant called Agnus Dei (which means Lamb of God. ) The lines of the song are based on John the Baptist’s words “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world”. The song asks for mercy to be given and then also peace, which is the line ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’. It apparently came from a Syrian custom of chanting (getting all this from wikipedia) and introduced into the rite of mass later on.

    However it seems to be used in a more general sense to me in this song. Not necessarily to fit into that specific tradition. Also with the video it seems to connect back to a more ‘pagan’ understanding which takes into account the seasons, the journey of the Sun, and its connection to the spiritual Son and the mercy and peace it brings.

    Also interesting to hear them singing ‘Gaia’ at some point if I’m not mistaken?

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