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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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“Our Christian people regard with great joy everything that contributes to the splendor of the ceremonies. Jesus—who was poor in His private life—received ointment on His feet. See Thomas Aquinas (Prima Secundae, q. 102, art. 5, ad 10) and the holy Curé of Ars. The Church has always loved beautiful churches, and so forth. We must preserve our sacred patrimony and make sure sacred objects do not become secular possessions.”
— Abbot & Council Father denouncing “noble simplicity” during Vatican II

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Important Resources for Liturgical Reform (2 of 7)
published 9 August 2014 by Veronica Brandt

Brandt children with hymnbooks TOPIC LIKE THIS has me procrastinating like crazy. I am so underqualified here!

But, then again, the majority of Catholics concerned about Church Music are underqualified, like myself. I’d say only a very tiny fraction are Directors of Music, and even those are often held back by the default view that music be accessible and modern.

Much of the prevailing advice is directed to those in charge, be they choir directors or priests. It certainly does help if these people encourage good music, but if this isn’t happening then do not despair.

Another line of attack is to introduce Church Music in the home. Schools are another great place, if you have the chance. There may be less resistance, less political opposition and a chance to learn and grow.

When I was about 18, the opportunity arose to attend a Latin Mass. The choir sang beautifully, but it would bug me that I had no idea what they were singing.

A New Book of Old HymnsAbout the same time I found a program to type up Gregorian chant. I was typing up music for an after school catechism class. After a few hymns, I decided to collect them together, and so A New Book Of Old Hymns was begun.

It is ten years ago now since the first edition. Over the years it has been refined bit by bit. Illustrations have been added. Any gaps have been filled with extra hymns.

I began the book with a prayer for the Pope – first Pope St John Paul II, then Pope Benedict XVI. Now I need to update to Pope Francis! While I am working on the update, if you have any other suggestions, the comments box is open.

When I mentioned this topic to my husband, he suggested Soft Catholic Mass Quiet Toys. That pretty much sums up our contribution to good liturgy – we do what we can to keep the peace in the back pew.

A ball of yarn is another handy resource – possibilities for very clean, quiet mess.


7-part series:   “Important Resources for Liturgical Reform”

FIRST PART • Richard Clark

SECOND PART • Veronica Brandt

THIRD PART • Fr. David Friel

FOURTH PART • Jeff Ostrowski

FIFTH PART • Jon Naples

SIXTH PART • Andrew Motyka

SEVENTH PART • Peter Kwasniewski