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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— 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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