World Languages

The Rosary for World Peace is a contemporary music initiative with a         21st century world view. Twenty world languages are featured throughout the work, ranging from the ancient biblical tongues of Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin to the emerging global languages of English, Spanish, and Chinese, as well as other languages that pertain to specific regions of the world.

These beautiful, distinctive voices are interwoven in each decade of the Rosary in the recurring Ave Maria prayers with chanted Latin chorus responses. This creative approach creates a multicultural theme throughout each Mystery, while preserving uniformity within the designated intervals of meditative intercession.

Representative World Languages:

  • Arabic
  • Aramaic
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • English
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Igbo
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog

For example, The Wedding of Cana, in The Luminious Mysteries, features a narrator who reads the New Testament Scripture, which is followed by the spoken first part of the Ave Maria prayer in Italian, with the response by the Community of Saints chorus in Latin.

Narrator II

Jesus Saith to them:
Draw Out Now,
and carry to the Chief Steward of the Feast.
And they carried It. (Jn 2:8)

Ave Maria: Speaker—Italian

Ave o Maria, piena di grazia,
il Signore e con te.
tu sei benedetta fra le donne, (Lk 1 :28)
e benedetto e il frutto del seno tuo Gesu. (Lk 1:42)

Community of Saints—Latin

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.

The Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Crucifixion of Jesus

Aria—Holy Spirit

I will Make It as
the Mourning of an Only Son.
(Amos 8:10)
The Sun shall Go Down at Midday,
I will Make the Earth Dark
in the Day of Light.
(Amos 8:9)
I will Turn your Feasts into Mourning,
and All your Songs into Lamentation.
(Amos 8:10)
I will Make It as
the Mourning of an Only Son.
(Amos 8:10)