Video of Julie Bernstein’s “Agnus Dei” live

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi
(Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world)

As we enter holy week, sharing a video of my Agnus Dei seemed appropriate. I wrote this Agnus Dei several years ago when I wanted to make the singing of this traditional Latin text accessible to a broader corporate expression in the worship context. It opens with a choral rendition of the Latin: “Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi,” then breaks into a very repetitive chorus in English: “Lamb of God we praise Thee … You take the sins of the world. You’ve taken the sins of the world.” In this concert setting, the congregation joined in singing with us (which you can’t hear well in this video), but added to the rich expression of this song.
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