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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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“The authority of the Pope is not unlimited. It is at the service of Sacred Tradition. Still less is any kind of general ‘freedom’ of manufacture, degenerating into spontaneous improvisation, compatible with the essence of faith and liturgy. The greatness of the liturgy depends—we shall have to repeat this frequently—on its lack of spontaneity.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (2000)

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Jump start your rehearsal
published 12 October 2013 by Veronica Brandt

983 choirs IRED OF CHATTER pushing rehearsal time back? A few polite greetings is fine, but sometimes it can be hard to get people to put away the news of the day and get ready to sing. Cut the small talk and get stuck into the task at hand with this ancient “Oration before quire practice.” The leader has only to intone the first word to signal the singers to take up the antiphon.

Repleatur os meum laude tua, ut possim cantare – May my mouth be filled with thy praises that I may sing. The words come from the Psalms. There follows a versicle and response, then a collect invoking Saints Gregory and Cecilia.

Listen here

Chant score here

How do you start your rehearsals?