I am reminded of a scene from A Swiftly Tilting Planet, a Thanksgiving book appropriate for November. It is Thanksgiving dinner and nuclear war has been threatened.
When they were in their places she automatically
held out her hands, and then the family, with Mrs. O’Keefe between Mr. Murry and Meg, was linked around the table.
Charles Wallace suggested, “Let’s sing Dona nobis pacem. It’s what we’re all praying for.”
…They raised their voices in the old round, singing over and over, Give
us peace, give us peace, give us peace.
And so my prayer is just that: Give us peace, give us peace, give us peace…
This is Marty Haugen’s version. There is a long instrumental opening, and it ends in many voices including young voices singing the simple words: Dona nobis pacem.