Your Sunday Hymn: Pie Jesu

For All Souls Day,  Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” from Requiem has been steadily increasing in popularity since its premier in 1985, massively in part to the large successes of Angelis, a six-member group of preteens created by Simon Cowell in 2006, Sarah Brightman (Webber’s wife at the time), Marie Osmond, Charlotte Church, and Jackie Evancho. Andrew Lloyd Webber’sRequiem was written to honor his father, who, sadly, passed away in 1982. It’s his most personal composition, and the only fully completed classical work. It’s a striking, yet welcome, departure from the style of music for which Lloyd Webber is known. In 1986,Requiem earned Lloyd Webber a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Unlike a traditional requiem mass, Lloyd Webber combined the texts of the Pie Jesu and Agnus Dei.

Here is Celtic Woman’s beautiful rendition:

Lyrics:

“Pie Jesu” Latin Lyrics
Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Sempiternam
Sempiternam
Requiem

“Pie Jesu” English Lyrics
Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
everlasting
everlasting
Rest

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