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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Funerals and Last Things
published 11 November 2013 by Veronica Brandt

grave stone E ARE DOOMED! These words would often be on our lips back in high school in the lead up to exams. Usually followed by despairing moans of “I’m dead!” Sometimes we would go off on tangents of planning our hypothetical funerals, what flowers, what music, etc.

Melodramatic teens aside, funerals are serious occasions. The Church has a wealth of traditions for the occasion. In reality it can be a very turbulent and emotional time. Having stable, familiar, unchanging plans in place can be very reassuring, rather than the pressure to be original and creative.

Here is a fantastic run down on the issues around your average Catholic funeral today by Monsignor Charles Pope:

Funeral Foibles. How many Catholic funerals lack balance and do not teach clearly on the Last Things