Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Agnus Dei. Samuel Barber.

There is a story about this little lamb
on the Film Set of "The Passion of the Christ",
the Film of Christ's Last Twelve Hours, Directed by Mel Gibson.
Zephyrinus is unaware what the story is. Perhaps a Reader can explain ?
Illustration: PINTEREST

Agnus Dei
(Adagio for Strings).
By Samuel Barber.
Available on YouTube at

Samuel Barber.
Photo: 11 December 1944.
Photographer: Carl Van Vechten.
This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's
Prints and Photographs division under the digital IDvan.5a51697.
Author: Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964).
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia.

Samuel Osmond Barber II (9 March 1910 – 23 January 1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th-Century: music critic Donal Henahan stated that "Probably no other American composer has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent and such long-lasting acclaim."

His Adagio for Strings (1936) has earned a permanent place in the concert repertory of orchestras. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music twice: for his opera Vanessa (1956–57) and for the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1962). Also widely performed is his Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (1947), a setting for soprano and orchestra of a prose text by James Agee. At the time of his death, nearly all of his compositions had been recorded.


  1. I was told that the lamb was given to Jim Caviezel to keep him warm. It was pretty cold when they were filming. I have previously been unable to track down that picture. Thank you!

  2. Thank you, Chloe, for your most interesting Comment.

    One thing, however. You say: " . . . to keep him warm". Do you mean to keep the lamb warm or Jim Caviezel ?

    The outcome, of course, is that the picture is totally iconic and filled with meaning for all Christians.

    I am delighted that your search for this picture is now fulfilled.

  3. Further to your welcome Comment, Chloe, isn't it delightful to see such a beautiful smile from Maia Morgenstern, the Romanian actress who plays Jesus's Mother, Mary. Maia Morgenstern is directly behind Jesus in the photo, above.

    In addition, it is also delightful to see a warm smile from the Roman soldier (again directly behind Jesus in the photo, above). It is only a short matter of time before that soldier is depicted, in the film, mercilessly scourging Jesus and being depicted as enjoying so doing.

    Let the Lamb enter, and people change. They suddenly can't help radiating wonderful smiles.


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