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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and five children.
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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

Divided we fall
published 26 April 2013 by Veronica Brandt

FRIEND SENT A LINK to this new movie Divided. “Philip [the presenter] discovers the shockingly sinister roots of modern, age-segregated church programs, and the equally shocking evidence that the pattern in the Bible for training future generations is at odds with modern church practices.”

There are many good points raised here: the responsibility of parents, the primacy of the family for forming children, the many young people falling away from practising Christianity, the gulf between Christianity as marketed to young people and a mature adult Christanity.

Where does this come into the choir loft? Well, much of the heat in debates over music at Mass revolves on the issue of being relevant or a quaint historical showpiece. We are in the world, but not of the world. There is a balance between reaching out to mainstream culture and keeping our own Christian culture alive.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen is quoted as saying “If the Church should marry the modern age, she would find herself a widow”. As Catholics we have an amazing heritage going back to Christ Himself. He is the reason for our music. Young and old and everyone in between brought into communion with Him.