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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

Epiphany Proclamations
published 28 December 2013 by Veronica Brandt

308 Epiphany Line Art PIPHANY, THE HIGH POINT OF CHRISTMAS. The manifestation of the Incarnation to the world reflected in:

  • The Visit of the Magi
  • The Baptism of Our Lord
  • The Wedding at Cana

Epiphany is also a time for looking at dates. Some parishes have the custom of the Proclamation of Moveable Feasts. The USCCB has a good explanation here. They give the text of the proclamation in English and a clue as to the tune. Then Andrew Motyka and Ben Yanke put the two together and posted the result over at Chant Cafe.

If the Extraordinary Form is more your thing, head over to the Epiphany Proclamation collection at Brandt Lab where I have typed up the proclamation each year since 2003. Which is funny as it happens that 2014’s dates are identical to the dates in 2003.

In other calendrical considerations, I used to think that the Orthodox Christmas was in January because they waited for Epiphany to celebrate, but no, they are celebrating the Birth of Christ, and sort of on the same date, but on a different calendar. Some Eastern Orthodox still follow the Julian calendar (promulgated in 45 B.C.) rather than the Gregorian calendar (which started rolling out in A.D. 1582). There is a difference of 13 days at the moment so Christmas (December 25) in the Julian calendar falls on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. Every 128 years the Julian calendar gets one day further away from the Gregorian calendar.