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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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“In my capacity as the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I continue to remind all that the celebration toward the East (versus orientem) is authorized by the rubrics of the missal, which specify the moments when the celebrant must turn toward the people. A particular authorization is, therefore, not needed to celebrate Mass facing the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, 23 May 2016

The Christmas Album for 2014
published 6 December 2014 by Veronica Brandt

Here is a sample of an awesome new album by a group of young people from Eastern Australia. This track is Gaudete – many groups have had fun with this Christmas Carol. This is no exception, with variations in each verse – the last one is fantastic!

From their website (link below):

‘Prima Luce’ is a group of Catholic musicians who wish to promote the beauty and riches of Gregorian Chant, polyphony, hymnody and carols.

These forms of music are deeply rooted in the Christian tradition and are to be sung in a spirit of prayer, rather than simply being performed. The musical selections that ‘Prima Luce’ wishes to restore and revive are timeless, deeply spiritual, uplifting and memorable.

Within this great tradition of music we also wish to contribute through contemporary compositions and encouraging young musicians to learn from the past and add to the musical riches of the future.

It is hard to describe this bunch without using the word “notorious”, which probably isn’t quite the right word. Their faces are familiar from many Catholic events, especially pilgrimages of all magnitudes. Maybe this snippet from reddit can give something of the flavour of the fame of these fellows. The ladies aren’t in this clip, but they are also lovely people and sing beautifully.

More about the group at primalucemusic.com.