Saturday, November 08, 2008

Arvö Pärt - "Agnus Dei"

Thanks to Hokai for pointing this out -- I'm a big Arvö Pärt fan, especially Te Deum and Kanon Pokajanen.
The Agnus Dei was introduced in the Mass by Pope Sergius (687-701), which may have been a defiant act against the Byzantine empire (Constantinople), who ruled that Christ shall not be depicted as an animal. The Agnus Dei, like the Credo, was one of the last things to be added to the Mass Ordinary.

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