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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Chant antiphon for peace
published 7 September 2013 by Veronica Brandt

Inside an old church in Syria ODAY IS A DAY OF PRAYER and fasting for peace in Syria. At 7pm in Rome the Pope will lead the rosary for the crowds in St Peter’s Square. There have been many suggestions for ways to join in, including alms-giving, taking the time to teach young ones about war here on earth and the peace which Christ gives and bringing people together to pray.

Gregorian chant is a great resource for transcending cultural differences and joining people in prayer. There is a simple chant especially for peace. It has been a good one to teach to children as it is fairly short and has that great yearning sound to it.

da pacem


Da pacem Domine in diebus nostris, quia non est alius, qui pugnet pro nobis nisi tu Deus noster.

Grant peace, Lord, in our days; for there is no other who will fight for us, except thee, our God.

Here is a recording of my son and me singing it.

You can find the score in gregobase or download and print this arrangement matching the antiphon with Psalm 50, Miserere Mei.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us! (and happy birthday for tomorrow!)

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