Composer's note: This Mass movement is part of a project sponsored by the parish choir of Zepernick, Germany, with each section set by a different German or American composer. This movement is unusual in its setting in one particular way. The chorus is asked to create sounds with a certain rawness, evocative of non-Western forms of singing, in particular those of the Central Asia. The idea that the “holy” can come in many forms and many faiths is a motivation for this sound, which attempts to suggest a meeting between different religious traditions, a meeting made all the more necessary and obvious by the horrific and sobering events that took place in September, 2001, as this piece was being composed. As of 2011, the work is not yet performed.